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thallophyte

Syllabification: thal·lo·phyte
Pronunciation: /ˈTHaləˌfīt
 
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Definition of thallophyte in English:

noun

Botany
A plant that consists of a thallus.
Example sentences
  • From the mid 17th century, the meaning changed to that now current, by which yeast refers to a single-celled plant, a thallophyte and one of the lowest members of the vegetable kingdom along with algae, lichens, and fungi.
  • The dark phosphate bed of Weng'an contains a well-preserved, diverse floral assemblage including multicellular thallophytes, acritarchs, and cyanophytes.
  • The plant form of the thallophytes is an undifferentiated thallus lacking true roots, stems, and leaves.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Thallophyta (former taxon), from Greek thallos (see thallus) + -phyte.

Derivatives

thallophytic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • They found that water in the pond had a dark green color due to the limited oxygen content which led to an excessive presence of thallophytic plants and seaweed.
  • This relationship required water for fertilization, so this group grew close to the ground, often preserving the thallophytic structure.
  • Fungicides, on the other hand, are employed to protect crops and other desirable vegetation from fungi, such as rusts, mildew, scale, smuts, and other deleterious thallophytic growths.

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