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A plant, such as a cone-bearing evergreen tree, whose seeds are not enclosed in an ovary. Other plants are called angiosperms.

Synonyms and Related Terms

gymnosperme (Fr.); Gimnosperma (Esp.); gimnosprmica (Port.); gimnosperma (It.)


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  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980

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