Definition of liverwort in English:

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liverwort

Pronunciation: /ˈlivərwərt/
/ˈlivərˌwôrt/

noun

A small flowerless green plant with leaflike stems or lobed leaves, occurring in moist habitats. Liverworts lack true roots and reproduce by means of spores released from capsules.
  • Class Hepaticae, division Bryophyta.
Example sentences
  • A profusion of mosses, liverworts, lichens and ferns cover the woodland floor and festoon tree trunks and branches.
  • Land plants are composed of four monophyletic groups: vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
  • It will be no surprise if they are found also in much older lineages of land plants, such as in mosses, ferns, and liverworts.

Origin

Late Old English, from liver1 + wort, translating medieval Latin hepatica.

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Syllabification: liv·er·wort

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