cleistogamous

adjective
cleis·​tog·​a·​mous | \ klī-ˈstä-gə-məs How to pronounce cleistogamous (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cleistogamic \ ˌklī-​stə-​ˈga-​mik How to pronounce cleistogamic (audio) \

Definition of cleistogamous

: characterized by or being small inconspicuous closed self-pollinating flowers additional to and often more fruitful than showier ones on the same plant violets are cleistogamous

Other Words from cleistogamous

cleistogamously \ klī-​ˈstä-​gə-​məs-​lē How to pronounce cleistogamously (audio) \ adverb
cleistogamy \ klī-​ˈstä-​gə-​mē How to pronounce cleistogamy (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of cleistogamous

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cleistogamous

Greek kleistos closed (from kleiein to close) + International Scientific Vocabulary -gamous — more at clavicle

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Cite this Entry

“Cleistogamous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleistogamously. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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