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[brahy-uh-fahyt] /ˈbraɪ əˌfaɪt/
noun, Botany.
any of the Bryophyta, a phylum of nonvascular plants comprising the true mosses and liverworts.
Origin of bryophyte
1875-80; < New Latin Bryophyta name of the group; see bryo-, -phyte
Related forms
[brahy-uh-fit-ik] /ˌbraɪ əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bryophyte


any plant of the phyla Bryophyta (mosses), Hepatophyta (liverworts), or Anthocerophyta (hornworts), having stems and leaves but lacking true vascular tissue and roots and reproducing by spores
Derived Forms
bryophytic (ˌbraɪəˈfɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek bruon moss + -phyte
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Word Origin and History for bryophyte

from Modern Latin Bryophyta (1864), from bryo- "moss" + -phyte "plant" (n.).

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bryophyte in Science
A member of a large group of seedless green plants including the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Bryophytes lack the specialized tissues xylem and phloem that circulate water and dissolved nutrients in the vascular plants. Bryophytes generally live on land but are mostly found in moist environments, for they have free-swimming sperm that require water for transport. In contrast to the vascular plants, the gametophyte (haploid) generation of bryophytes constitutes the larger plant form, while the small sporophyte (diploid) generation grows on or within the gametophyte and depends upon it for nutrition.
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