- the female reproductive organ in ferns, mosses, etc.
Origin of archegonium
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- a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base
C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race
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- The egg-producing organ occurring in bryophytes (such as mosses and liverworts), ferns, and most gymnosperms. The archegonium is a multicellular, often flask-shaped structure that contains a single egg. Compare antheridium.
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