a plant that bears no flowers or seeds but propagates by means of spores, as algae, mosses, ferns, etc.
Origin of cryptogamFrench cryptogame ; from Classical Greek kryptos (see crypt) + gamos, marriage (see gamo-)
A member of a formerly recognized taxonomic group that included all seedless plants and plantlike organisms, such as mosses, algae, ferns, lichens, and fungi.
Origin of cryptogamFrom New Latin Cryptogamia, former group name : crypto– + -gamia, -gamy.
- cryp′to·gam′ic, cryp·tog′a·mous
From Ancient Greek κρυπτός (kruptos, “hidden”) + γαμέω (gameō, “to marry”).