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

  • n. A member of a formerly recognized taxonomic group that included all seedless plants and plantlike organisms, such as mosses, algae, ferns, and fungi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a former taxonomic group of plants that reproduce using spores, such as ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, lichens or liverworts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant belonging to the Cryptogamia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cryptogamous plant; a plant of the class Cryptogamia.

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

  • n. formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi


From New Latin Cryptogamia, former group name : crypto- + -gamia, -gamy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Great word, sarra! Thanks.

    February 28, 2007

  • The gam here is the same as gamete.

    February 28, 2007

  • not a typographical slip for cryptogram. Gr. kryptos, hidden + gamos, marriage — one whose reproduction is mysterious: a flowerless, seedless plant.

    February 28, 2007