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sporophyll

or spo·ro·phyl

[spawr-uh-fil, spohr-]
noun Botany.
  1. a modified leaf that bears sporangia.
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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

  • 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

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

sporophyll

[spôrə-fĭl′]
  1. A leaf or leaflike organ that bears sporangia.
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