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, term denoting seed plants in which the ovules, or young seeds, are enclosed within the ovary (that part of the pistil specialized for seed production), in contrast to the gymnosperms, in which the seeds are not enclosed within an ovary.
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The common name for members of the division Pinophyta; seed plants having naked ovules at the time of pollination.
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