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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.
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(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
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a plant that bears no true flowers or seeds and that reproduces by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.
cryp`to•gam′ic, cryp•tog′a•mous (-ˈtɒg ə məs) adj.
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|Noun||1.||cryptogam - formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi|
thallophyte - any of a group of cryptogamic organisms consisting principally of a thallus and thus showing no differentiation into stem and root and leaf
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