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noun Botany.
  1. the smallest part of a stem, root, or leaf, that, when removed from a plant, may grow into a new plant.
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Origin of phyton

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek phŷton a plant
Related formsphy·ton·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • To which Phyton returned no other answer but this: "That they were then by one day happier than he."

    The Essays of Montaigne, Complete

    Michel de Montaigne

British Dictionary definitions for phyton


  1. a unit of plant structure, usually considered as the smallest part of the plant that is capable of growth when detached from the parent plant
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek. See -phyte
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