cryptogam

noun

cryp·​to·​gam ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam How to pronounce cryptogam (audio)
: a plant or plantlike organism (such as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed
cryptogamic adjective
or less commonly cryptogamous

Examples of cryptogam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a huge potential in alternative materials sourced from unconventional, undervalued, small species like cryptogams, bacteria, and fungi. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 22 Sep. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French cryptogame "cryptogamous, cryptogam" (after Cryptogamia, Linnaean group of non-seed-bearing plants), from crypto- crypto- + -game -gamous

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptogam was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Cryptogam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptogam. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

cryptogam

noun
cryp·​to·​gam ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam How to pronounce cryptogam (audio)
: a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed
cryptogamic adjective
or cryptogamous
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