cryptogamy

cryptogamy

(krɪpˈtɒɡəmɪ)
n
1. (Botany) the state of being a cryptogam
2. (Botany) the scientific study of cryptogams
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One perspicacious reader has ventured to suggest that the figure implies not the general theory of Oneida so much as one specific moment in the sexual evolution imagined by Fourier: the "erotic quadrille," as he calls the frustrated social dance of two couples, caught in a web of "amorous desire and deceit," and needing to work their way up "from monogamy, to plurigamy to cryptogamy to delphigamy to omnigamy.