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-sperm

suff.
Seed: endosperm.

[Greek -spermos, from sperma, seed; see sperm1.]

-sperm

n combining form
(Botany) (in botany) a seed: gymnosperm.
-spermous, -spermal adj combining form

sperm1

(spɜrm)

n., pl. sperm, sperms for 2.
1. a male reproductive cell; spermatozoon.
2. semen.
[1350–1400; Middle English sperme < Late Latin sperma < Greek spérma seed <sper-, base of speírein to sow]

sperm2

(spɜrm)

n.
spermaceti.
[1830–40; by shortening]

-sperm

a combining form meaning “one having seeds” of the kind specified by the initial element: gymnosperm.
[< Greek -spermos]