- the male generative fluid; semen
- pl. or sperms a male gamete, esp. a spermatozoon rather than a spermatozoid
Origin of spermMiddle English sperme from Middle French esperme from Late Latin sperma from Gr, seed, germ from speirein, to sow, scatter: for Indo-European base see spark
- sperm oil
- sperm whale
Origin of -spermsee sperm
nounpl. sperm, or sperms
- A male gamete, such as a spermatozoon of an animal or one of the cells or nuclei produced by a pollen grain of a plant. Also called sperm cell .
Origin of spermMiddle English sperme semen from Old French esperme from Late Latin sperma from Greek; see sper- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of spermShort for spermaceti
Origin of -spermGreek -spermos from sperma seed ; see sperm 1.
(countable and uncountable, plural sperm or sperms)
From Middle French sperme, from Latin sperma, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€ÎÏÎ¼Î± (sperma, “seed, semen").