- a primary, usually filamentous structure produced by the germination of the spore in mosses and certain related plants, and from which the leafy plant which bears the sexual organs arises as a lateral or terminal shoot.
Origin of protonema
1855–60; < New Latin < Greek prōto- proto- + nêma thread
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- a branched threadlike structure that grows from a moss spore and eventually develops into the moss plant
Word Origin for protonema
C19: from New Latin, from proto- + Greek nema thread
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- The green filamentous or flat, thallus-like structure that grows from the germinated spores of liverworts and mosses and eventually gives rise to a mature gametophyte.
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