cleis·​tog·​a·​mous klī-ˈstä-gə-məs How to pronounce cleistogamous (audio)
variants or less commonly cleistogamic
: 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 adverb
cleistogamy noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleistogamous was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Cleistogamous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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