from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to the Cryptogamia; cryptogamous: as, cryptogamic botany.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the cryptogams

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  • adjective of or relating to a cryptogam


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  • ~old botany term for a plant with no true flowers or seeds, such as a fern, moss, liverwort, lichen, or alga.

    ~from Greek kruptos ‘hidden’ + gamos ‘marriage’ (because the means of reproduction was not apparent).

    January 18, 2009