Definition of liverwort in English:

liverwort

Line breaks: liver|wort
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪvəwəːt
 
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noun

  • A small flowerless green plant with leaf-like stems or lobed leaves, occurring in moist habitats. They lack true roots and reproduce by means of spores released from capsules.
    • Class Hepaticae, division Bryophyta
    More 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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