[mahy-kruh-spawr-uh-fil, -spohr-]

Origin of microsporophyll

First recorded in 1890–95; micro- + sporophyll
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British Dictionary definitions for microsporophyll


  1. a leaf on which the microspores are formed: corresponds to the stamen of a flowering plantCompare megasporophyll

Word Origin for microsporophyll

C19: from micro- + sporophyll
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microsporophyll in Science


  1. A leaflike structure that bears microsporangia, such as those of in the strobili of lycophytes or in the male cones of conifers. The stamens of flowering plants are highly modified microsporophylls.
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