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 New Latin Cryptogamia, former group name : CRYPTO- + -gamia, -gamy.]
cryp′to·gamic, cryp·toga·mous (-tŏgə-məs) adj.
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