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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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