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Requiring fertilization to reproduce; sexual.
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(Biology) (esp of reproduction) requiring the fusion of gametes; sexual
[C19: from Greek gamikos of marriage; see gamete]
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1. requiring fertilization for reproduction; sexual.
2. capable of developing only after fertilization.
[1855–60; < Greek gamikós of marriage =gám(os) marriage, wedding + -ikos -ic]
var. of -gamous: cleistogamic.
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