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quillwort

[kwil-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈkwɪlˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any fernlike, aquatic marsh plant of the genus Isoëtes, characterized by clustered, quill-like leaves bearing sporangia in their bases.
Origin of quillwort
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; quill + wort2
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  • Professor Lang has published the first of a series of communications describing the structure of the quillwort, Isoetes.

British Dictionary definitions for quillwort

quillwort

/ˈkwɪlˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any aquatic tracheophyte plant of the genus Isoetes, with quill-like leaves at the bases of which are spore-producing structures: family Isoetaceae, phylum Lycopodophyta (club mosses, etc)
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