from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plant, such as a cycad or conifer, whose seeds are not enclosed within an ovary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant such as a conifer whose seeds are not enclosed in an ovary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant that bears naked seeds (i. e., seeds not inclosed in an ovary), as the common pine and hemlock. Cf. angiosperm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant belonging to the Gymnospermæ, characterized by naked seeds. Compare angiosperm. Also called gymnogen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
From New Latin Gymnospermae, class name, from Greek gumnospermos : gumnos, naked; see nogw- in Indo-European roots + sperma, seed; see sperm1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Ancient Greek γυμνός ("naked") + σπέρμα ("seed") (Wiktionary)