[ spur-mat-uh-fahyt, spur-muh-tuh- ]
/ spɜrˈmæt əˌfaɪt, ˈspɜr mə tə- /


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

Origin of spermatophyte

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

OTHER WORDS FROM spermatophyte

sper·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



/ (ˈspɜːmətəʊˌfaɪt) /


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

Derived forms of spermatophyte

spermatophytic (ˌspɜːmətəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for spermatophyte

[ spər-mătə-fīt′ ]

See seed-bearing plant.
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