antherozoid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antherozoid a motile male gamete of a plant such as an alga or fern or gymnosperm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antherozoid (Bot) One of the mobile male reproductive bodies in the antheridia of cryptogams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antherozoid In botany, the minute body produced in the antheridium of cryptogams by which the female organs are fertilized. The antherozoids are slender spiral threads, with a somewhat thickened apex, which are produced in the antheridial cells; when mature they burst the cell and move freely about. See cut under antheridium.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. flowery + animal + -oid,. See Zooid

Usage

In literature:

ANTHEROZOIDS, apparent independence of, in algae, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
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