aetheogam

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From Ancient Greek ἀήθης (aēthēs, unusual) + γάμος (gamos, marriage).[1]

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aetheogam (plural aetheogams)

  1. (botany) A cryptogam; a plant of the obsolete taxonomic class Cryptogamia, having neither stamina nor pistils, and therefore no proper flowers, such as an alga, fern, fungus, lichen or moss.

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  • Being derived from the two vowels ἀή () (alpha-eta: ), rather than the diphthong αἰ (ai) (alpha-iota: ai), the initial ae- of aetheogam can only properly be written as two separate letters (ae), with a diaeresis atop the e (as aëtheogam) being optional; the spellings *ætheogam and *etheogam are, therefore, erroneous.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 aetheogam” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]