pteridophyte

[ tuh-rid-uh-fahyt, ter-i-doh- ]
/ təˈrɪd əˌfaɪt, ˈtɛr ɪ doʊ- /

noun

any plant of the division Pteridophyta, characterized by vascular tissue and differentiation into root, stem, and leaves, comprising the ferns, horsetails, and club mosses.

Nearby words

  1. pter-,
  2. pteranodon,
  3. pteridine,
  4. pterido-,
  5. pteridology,
  6. pteridosperm,
  7. pterion,
  8. ptero-,
  9. pterocarpous,
  10. pterodactyl

Origin of pteridophyte

1875–80; < New Latin Pteridophyta; see pterido-, -phyte

Related formspte·rid·o·phyt·ic [tuh-rid-uh-fit-ik, ter-i-doh-] /təˌrɪd əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌtɛr ɪ doʊ-/, pter·i·doph·y·tous [ter-i-dof-i-tuh s] /ˌtɛr ɪˈdɒf ɪ təs/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pteridophyte

pteridophyte

/ (ˈtɛrɪdəʊˌfaɪt) /

noun

(in traditional classification) any plant of the division Pteridophyta, reproducing by spores and having vascular tissue, roots, stems, and leaves: includes the ferns, horsetails, and club mosses. In modern classifications these plants are placed in separate phyla
Derived Formspteridophytic (ˌtɛrɪdəʊˈfɪtɪk) or pteridophytous (ˌtɛrɪˈdɒfɪtəs), adjective

Word Origin for pteridophyte

C19: from pterido-, from Greek pteris fern + -phyte

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Science definitions for pteridophyte

pteridophyte

[ tə-rĭdə-fīt′, tĕrĭ-dō- ]

Any of various vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds; a seedless vascular plant. The pteridophytes include the lycophytes, the horsetails, and the ferns, as well as a small group of related plants called the psilophytes and several extinct phyla.
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