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[an-ther-uh-zoh-id, an-ther-uh-zoid]
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noun Botany, Mycology.
  1. the motile male gamete produced in an antheridium.

Origin of antherozoid

First recorded in 1850–55; anther + -o- + z(o)oid
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Historical Examples

  • The product of the union of an antherozoid and an oosphere is termed an oospore.

    Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886


British Dictionary definitions for antherozoid


  1. one of many small male gametes produced in an antheridium

Word Origin

C19: see anther, zo (o) id
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antherozoid in Science


  1. See spermatozoid.
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