phanerogam

noun
phan·​er·​o·​gam | \ ˈfa-nə-rə-ˌgam How to pronounce phanerogam (audio) , fə-ˈner-ə- How to pronounce phanerogam (audio) \

Definition of phanerogam

: a seed plant or flowering plant : spermatophyte

First Known Use of phanerogam

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phanerogam

borrowed from German Phanerogam, from the stem of New Latin Phanerogamae "group of plants with visible reproductive organs that produce seeds," from Greek phanerós "visible, conspicuous" (from phan-, base of phaínomai, phaínesthai "to become visible, come to light, appear" + -eros, adjective suffix) + New Latin -o- -o- + -gamae, noun derivative from feminine plural of -gamus -gamous — more at fantasy entry 1

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“Phanerogam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phanerogam. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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