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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Gamete  \Gam"ete\  (g[a^]m"[=e]t;  g[.a]*m[=e]t";  the  latter 
  usually  in  compounds),  n.  [Gr.  gameth`  wife,  or  game`ths 
  husband,  fr  gamei^n  to  marry.]  (Biol.) 
  A  sexual  cell  or  germ  cell;  a  conjugating  cell  which  unites 
  with  another  of  like  or  unlike  character  to  form  a  new 
  individual.  In  Bot.,  gamete  designates  esp.  the  similar  sex 
  cells  of  the  lower  thallophytes  which  unite  by  conjugation, 
  forming  a  zygospore.  The  gametes  of  higher  plants  are  of  two 
  sorts,  {sperm}  (male)  and  {egg}  (female);  their  union  is 
  called  fertilization,  and  the  resulting  zygote  an  o["o]spore. 
  In  Zo["o]l.,  gamete  is  most  commonly  used  of  the  sexual  cells 
  of  certain  Protozoa,  though  also  extended  to  the  germ  cells 
  of  higher  forms. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sperm  \Sperm\,  n.[F.  sperme,  L.  sperma,  Gr  ???,  ???,  from  ???? 
  to  sow.  Cf  {Spore}.]  (Physiol.) 
  The  male  fecundating  fluid;  semen.  See  {Semen}. 
  {Sperm  cell}  (Physiol.),  one  of  the  cells  from  which  the 
  spermatozoids  are  developed. 
  {Sperm  morula}.  (Biol.)  Same  as  {Spermosphere}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sperm  \Sperm\,  n.[Contr.  fr  spermaceti.] 
  {Sperm  oil},  a  fatty  oil  found  as  a  liquid,  with  spermaceti, 
  in  the  head  cavities  of  the  sperm  whale. 
  {Sperm  whale}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  in  the  Vocabulary. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  male  reproductive  cell;  the  male  gamete  [syn:  {sperm 
  cell},  {spermatozoon}] 

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