adjective cleis·to·car·pous
variants: less commonly


Definition of cleistocarpous

  1. 1 of mosses :  having the capsule opening irregularly without an operculum

  2. 2 of fungi :  having or forming cleistothecia

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Origin and Etymology of cleistocarpous

cleisto- + -carpous, after German cleistocarpisch

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to cast off or become cast off

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