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A vascular plant, such as a cycad or conifer, whose seeds are not enclosed within an ovary.
[From New Latin Gymnospermae, former class name, from Greek gumnospermos : gumnos, naked; see nogw- in Indo-European roots + sperma, seed; see sperm1.]
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|Adj.||1.||gymnospermous - relating to or characteristic of plants of the class Gymnospermae|
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