sporophyte

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sporophyte the spore-producing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sporophyte (Bot) In plants exhibiting alternation of generations, the generation which bears asexual spores; -- opposed to gametophyte. It is not clearly differentiated in the life cycle of the lower plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sporophyte In botany, the segment or stage of the life-cycle of the higher cryptogams (Pteridophyta, Bryophyta) in which the non-sexual organs of reproduction are borne It is a stage in what has been called the alternation of generations, and is the fern-plant, club-moss plant, etc., of popular language. It bears the spores in countless numbers. By some authors the word sporophore is used for sporophyte. Compare oöphyte and oöphore. See Musci.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sporophyte the spore-bearing stage in the life-cycle of a plant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spore, + Gr. fyto`n plant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sporos, a sowing, seed—speirein, to sow.