gym·no·sperm | \ˈjim-nə-ˌspərm \

Definition of gymnosperm 

: any of a group of vascular plants that produce naked seeds not enclosed in an ovary, that were formerly considered a class (Gymnospermae) of seed plants, but that are now considered polyphyletic in origin and divided into several extinct divisions and four divisions with surviving members typified by the cycadophytes, conifers, ginkgo, and ephedras — compare angiosperm

Other Words from gymnosperm

gymnospermous \ˌjim-nə-ˈspər-məs \ adjective
gymnospermy \ˈjim-nə-ˌspər-mē \ noun

First Known Use of gymnosperm

circa 1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gymnosperm

ultimately from Greek gymnos + sperma seed — more at sperm

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gym·no·sperm | \ˈjim-nə-ˌspərm \

Medical Definition of gymnosperm 

: any of a class or subdivision (Gymnospermae) of woody vascular seed plants (as conifers or cycads) that produce naked seeds not enclosed in an ovary and that in some instances have motile spermatozoids — compare angiosperm

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gymnospermous \ˌjim-nə-ˈspər-məs \ adjective

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