cleistogamous[klīs täg′ə məs]
cleistogamous definition by Webster's New World
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Bot. having small, unopened, self-pollinating flowers, usually in addition to the showier flowers
Origin: ; from Classical Greek kleistos, closed (see close) plush -gamous
cleistogamous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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also cleis·to·gam·icadjective Botany
Of or relating to a flower that does not open and is self-pollinated in the bud.
Origin: Greek kleistos, closed (from kleiein, to close) + -gamous.
- cleis·togˈa·mous·ly adverb
- cleis·togˈa·my noun
cleistogamous - Science Definition
Of or relating to a flower that does not open and is self-pollinated in the bud. The fertile flowers of the violet are inconspicuous and cleistogamous, while the plant's more familiar showy flowers are usually infertile.