noun (plural prothalli /-ˈTHalē, ˈTHalˌī/)Botany
The gametophyte of ferns and other primitive plants.
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- Here I re-examine the formation of the prothallus in a fern gametophyte in the context of a ‘whole-plant’ developmental response.
mid 19th century: modern Latin, from pro-2 'before, earlier' + Greek thallos 'green shoot'.
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- A consistent feature of every experiment that was undertaken in this study was that a sufficient quantity of white light was an absolute requirement for both prothallial and rhizoid development.
- The grain is empty because the body cell and prothallial nuclei have moved out along the pollen tube towards the archegonia.
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