from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or reproducing without the union of male and female cells; asexual or parthenogenetic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring without the union of male and female gametes; asexual

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Produced without sexual union.
  • adj. Not having visible organs of reproduction, as flowerless plants; agamous.

from The 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.
  • In botany, of or pertaining to theAgamæ or cryptogams.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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