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schizophyte

[skiz-uh-fahyt, skit-suh-]
noun
  1. any of the Schizophyta, a group of organisms comprising the schizomycetes and the schizophyceous algae, characterized by a simple structure and reproduction by simple fission or spores.
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Origin of schizophyte

First recorded in 1875–80; schizo- + -phyte
Related formsschiz·o·phyt·ic [skiz-uh-fit-ik, skit-suh-] /ˌskɪz əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌskɪt sə-/, adjective
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