any of a large division (Pinophyta) of seed plants having the ovules borne on open scales, usually in cones, and usually lacking true vessels in the woody tissue, including seed ferns, cycads, conifers, and the ginkgo
Origin of gymnospermModern Latin gymnospermus from Classical Greek gymnospermos: see gymno- and -sperm
A vascular plant, such as a cycad or conifer, whose seeds are not enclosed within an ovary.
Origin of gymnospermFrom New Latin Gymnospermae former class name from Greek gumnospermos gumnos naked ; see nogw- in Indo-European roots. sperma seed ; see sperm 1.
from Ancient Greek γυμνός (gumnos, “naked”) + σπέρμα (sperma, “seed”)