from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The series or division of flowerless plants, or those never having true stamens and pistils, but propagated by spores of various kinds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, in the Linnean system of classification, the second great series and final class, which included all plants in which there were no stamens and pistils, and therefore no proper flowers: thus distinguished from the first series, Phænogamia.
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- n. in former classification systems: one of two major plant divisions, including all plants that do not bear seeds: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
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