[spur-mat-uh-fahyt, spur-muh-tuh-]


any of the Spermatophyta, a primary division or group of plants comprising those that bear seeds.

Nearby words

  1. spermatogenous,
  2. spermatogonium,
  3. spermatoid,
  4. spermatolysis,
  5. spermatophore,
  6. spermatopoietic,
  7. spermatorrhea,
  8. spermatorrhoea,
  9. spermatotoxic,
  10. spermatotoxin

Origin of spermatophyte

1895–1900; < New Latin Spermotophyta; see spermato-, -phyte

Related formssper·ma·to·phyt·ic [spur-muh-tuh-fit-ik, spur-mat-uh-] /ˌspɜr mə təˈfɪt ɪk, spɜrˌmæt ə-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spermatophyte




(in traditional classifications) any plant of the major division Spermatophyta, which includes all seed-bearing plants: an angiosperm or a gymnospermFormer name: phanerogam
Derived Formsspermatophytic (ˌspɜːmətəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective

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Science definitions for spermatophyte



See seed-bearing plant.
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