or spo·ro·phyl

[spawr-uh-fil, spohr-]

noun Botany.

a modified leaf that bears sporangia.

Origin of sporophyll

First recorded in 1885–90; sporo- + -phyll
Related formsspo·ro·phyl·la·ry [spawr-uh-fil-uh-ree, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈfɪl ə ri, ˌspoʊr-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sporophyll

Historical Examples of sporophyll

  • The sporophyll was radially extended, and along it the large sausage-shaped sporangia were attached (see fig. 98).

    Ancient Plants

    Marie C. Stopes

British Dictionary definitions for sporophyll




a leaf in ferns and other spore-bearing plants that bears the sporangiaSee also megasporophyll, microsporophyll
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sporophyll in Science



A leaf or leaflike organ that bears sporangia.
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