sper·​ma·​ti·​um (ˌ)spər-ˈmā-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce spermatium (audio)
plural spermatia (ˌ)spər-ˈmā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce spermatium (audio)
: a nonmotile male gamete of a red alga
also : a nonmotile cell functioning as a male gamete in certain fungi and lichens
spermatial adjective

Word History


New Latin, from Greek spermation, diminutive of spermat-, sperma

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spermatium was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Spermatium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spermatium. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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