cryptogam

noun
cryp·​to·​gam | \ ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam How to pronounce cryptogam (audio) \

Definition of cryptogam

: a plant or plantlike organism (such as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed

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Other Words from cryptogam

cryptogamic \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈga-​mik How to pronounce cryptogamic (audio) \ or less commonly cryptogamous \ krip-​ˈtä-​gə-​məs How to pronounce cryptogamous (audio) \ adjective

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, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cryptogam

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptogam

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

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The first known use of cryptogam was in 1799

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“Cryptogam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptogam. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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cryptogam

noun
cryp·​to·​gam | \ ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam How to pronounce cryptogam (audio) \

Medical Definition of cryptogam

: a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed

Other Words from cryptogam

cryptogamic \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈgam-​ik How to pronounce cryptogamic (audio) \ or cryptogamous \ krip-​ˈtäg-​ə-​məs How to pronounce cryptogamous (audio) \ adjective

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