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pteridophyte

Line breaks: pter¦ido|phyte
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrɪdə(ʊ)fʌɪt
 
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Definition of pteridophyte in English:

noun

Botany
A flowerless green plant of the division Pteridophyte, which comprises the ferns and their relatives.
Example sentences
  • H. Potonié first hypothesized the existence of a group of such transitional plants between pteridophytes and seed plants in 1899, but it is now known that ferns themselves are not the direct ancestors of seed plants.
  • The term ‘xerophytic fern’ is somewhat of an oxymoron as most pteridophytes inhabit moist environments.

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