cryptogam

(redirected from Cryptogamae)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Cryptogamae: Cryptogamia, Phanerogamae, Cryptogams, phanerogams

cryp·to·gam

 (krĭp′tə-găm′)
n.
A member of a formerly recognized taxonomic group that included all seedless plants and plantlike organisms, such as mosses, algae, ferns, lichens, and fungi.

[From New Latin Cryptogamia, former group name : crypto- + -gamia, -gamy.]

cryp′to·gam′ic, cryp·tog′a·mous (-tŏg′ə-məs) adj.

cryptogam

(ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡæm)
n
(Botany) (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns. Compare phanerogam
[C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage]
ˌcryptoˈgamic, cryptogamous adj

cryp•to•gam

(ˈkrɪp təˌgæm)

n.
a plant that bears no true flowers or seeds and that reproduces by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.
[1840–50; < New Latin Cryptogamia. See crypto-, -gamy]
cryp`to•gam′ic, cryp•tog′a•mous (-ˈtɒg ə məs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cryptogam - formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
thallophyte - any of a group of cryptogamic organisms consisting principally of a thallus and thus showing no differentiation into stem and root and leaf
References in periodicals archive ?
Rechinger, MA-Lichen 434, Cryptogamae exsiccatae editae Museo Hist.
Samples 1349 1410 1379 Trilete spores of vascular cryptogamae Deltoidospora tenuis (Leschik 1955) Madler 1964 1 Todisporites sp.