Definition of gamete noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡæmiːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæmiːt//
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a male or female cell that joins with a cell of the opposite sex to form a zygote (= a single cell that develops into a person, animal or plant) Word Originlate 19th cent.: from modern Latin gameta, from Greek gametē ‘wife’, gametēs ‘husband’, from gamos ‘marriage’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gamete