American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring or reproducing without the union of male and female cells; asexual or parthenogenetic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Asexual: in zoology, applied to reproduction without the congress of individuals of opposite sexes, as by fission, budding, encystment, or parthenogenesis; used also of ova capable of germination without impregnation. The word is of general application to asexual reproduction, but has some special applicability to the phenomena of alternate generation or discontinuous development which may intervene in ordinary sexual reproduction. Opposed to gamic. See
- In botany, of or pertaining to theAgamæ or cryptogams.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Biol.) Produced without sexual union.
- adj. Not having visible organs of reproduction, as flowerless plants; agamous.
- adj. (of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes in reproduction
- From Late Latin agamus, unmarried, from Greek agamos : a-, without; see a-1 + gamos, marriage; see -gamy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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