cleistogamous

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adjective cleis·tog·a·mous \klī-ˈstä-gə-məs\

Definition of cleistogamous

  1. :  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>

cleistogamously

play \klī-ˈstä-gə-məs-lē\ adverb

cleistogamy

play \-ˈstä-gə-mē\ noun

Variants of cleistogamous

less commonly

cleistogamic

play \ˌklī-stə-ˈga-mik\

Origin and Etymology of cleistogamous

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


First Known Use: 1874


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