Definition of thallophyte in English:

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thallophyte

Pronunciation: /ˈθalə(ʊ)fʌɪt/

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.

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