sporophyll

or spo·ro·phyl

[ spawr-uh-fil, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr ə fɪl, ˈspoʊr- /

noun Botany.

a modified leaf that bears sporangia.

Origin of sporophyll

First recorded in 1885–90; sporo- + -phyll

OTHER WORDS FROM sporophyll

spo·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

  • 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

sporophyll

sporophyl

/ (ˈspɔːrəʊfɪl, ˈspɒ-) /

noun

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

sporophyll
[ spôrə-fĭl′ ]

A leaf or leaflike organ that bears sporangia.
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