Definition of phanerogam in English:

phanerogam

noun

Botany
old-fashioned term for spermatophyte
  • ‘Plants with flowers and leaves (phanerogams and Latifoliae) appeared no earlier than the Cretaceous - in other words about 100 million years ago, long after the first protophasmids.’
  • ‘Unlike phanerogams, which undergo long-range dispersal by seeds (seed plants) or spores (ferns and mosses), lichens have two fundamentally different mechanisms of long-range dispersal.’
  • ‘It is known that, among the four spontaneous phanerogams colonising the sandy and muddy loose sea-bottoms of the Mediterranean Sea, i.e. Posidonia oceanica, Cymodocea nodosa, Zostera noltii and Zostera marina, mainly the Posidonia and the Cymodocea are the most frequent ones.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French phanérogame, from Greek phaneros ‘visible’ + gamos ‘marriage’.

Pronunciation

phanerogam

/ˈfan(ə)rə(ʊ)ɡam/