American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A plant, such as a cycad or conifer, whose seeds are not enclosed within an ovary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant belonging to the Gymnospermæ, characterized by naked seeds. Compare angiosperm. Also called gymnogen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A plant that bears naked seeds (i. e., seeds not inclosed in an ovary), as the common pine and hemlock. Cf. angiosperm.
- n. plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
- from Ancient Greek γυμνός ("naked") + σπέρμα ("seed") (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“There are 794 angiosperm genera, 77% of China's total angiosperm species, 24 gymnosperm, 70 pteridophyte and 102 bryophyte genera.”
“The receptive part of the gymnosperm ovule is called the micropyle.”
“The famous relict gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis is also found throughout the ecoregion, and it is often the most conspicuous feature of the vegetation, scattered about the arid plains at intervals of 50 to 100 m.”
“The relict gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis, which represents the sole surviving member of its family, is found throughout the ecoregion.”
“Dominant species include the cold-tolerant, xerophytic shrub, Haloxylon ammodendron (Goosefoot Family Chenopodiaceae), the tamarisk (Reaumuria spp.), and the gymnosperm Ephedra przewalski.”
“The distribution of this relict gymnosperm extends from the Kuiseb River in Namibia to Namibe in southern Angola.”
“Shady conditions at ground level favor woody climbers that include strangler figs (Ficus spp.) and the cablelike Gnetum, an unusual climbing gymnosperm.”
“The only gymnosperm tree, Podocarpus (= Nageia) wallichianus, is also endemic.”
“Vegetation within the desert consists of a thin scrub of Anabasis brevifolia while the peripheral areas support a dwarf woodland dominated by saxaul bush (Haloxylon ammodendron) and the gymnosperm Ephedra przewalskii.”
“Endemism is particularly high in 33 angiosperm and six gymnosperm, and fern families, most of which are ancient or primitive with restricted relict distributions.”
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seed; germ; beginning
Note: Can also be sperma-, -spermal, spermatio-, spermato-, spermi-, -spermic, spermo-, -spermous
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