from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A member of a formerly recognized taxonomic group that included all seedless plants and plantlike organisms, such as mosses, algae, ferns, lichens, and fungi.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A cryptogamous plant; a plant of the class Cryptogamia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A plant belonging to the Cryptogamia.
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- noun A member of a former
taxonomicgroup of plantsthat reproduce using spores, such as ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, lichensor liverworts.
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- noun formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
To the extreme north is the polar desert where only about 5% of the ground surface is covered by herb – cryptogam communities (Fig. 7.19).
To the north of this zone is the high Arctic, which consists of polar semi-desert communities (Fig. 7.18) in the south, characterized by cryptogam – herb, cushion plant – cryptogam, and, to a limited extent, mire communities.
The nitrogen fixation potential of arctic cryptogam species is influenced by enhanced UV-B radiation.
Terror of the noonstruck by day, cryptogam of each nightly bridable.
Gemiasmas produce ague, it is by no means proved that no other cryptogam may not produce malaria.
This observer claimed to have discovered in the cankerous secretions the existence of a vegetable parasite (namely, a cryptogam, as in favus), which he termed the keraphyton, or parasitic plant of the horn.
These primordial germs, or the _ZRA_ of the Bible genesis, must have preceded the first fungous growth, as they preceded the first spore-bearing cryptogam.
Universally, the germ precedes the tree, as the tree precedes the seed, in all vegetal growths, from the lowest cryptogam to the lordliest conifer of the Pacific slope.
Mammal, amphibian, coleoptera, dicotyledon, cryptogam, -- all these terms, which, if they were translated into the language of a peasant, would be seen to record very simple observations, yet do lend a kind of formal majesty to ignorance.
The forgotten training soon comes back to our invaluable auxiliary; a mere twitch of the ear is a sufficient hint for her to retire at the right moment, and wait for the corn that is in variably given in exchange for the cryptogam.