cryptogam

noun cryp·to·gam \ ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam \

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

cryptogamic

play \ˌkrip-tə-ˈga-mik\ or less commonly cryptogamous play \krip-ˈtä-gə-məs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cryptogam

ultimately from Greek kryptos + -gamia -gamy


Medical Dictionary

cryptogam

noun cryp·to·gam \ ˈkrip-tə-ˌgam \

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

cryptogamic

play \ˌkrip-tə-ˈgam-ik\ or cryptogamous play \krip-ˈtäg-ə-məs\ adjective

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cryptogam? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!