or spo·ro·phyl

[ spawr-uh-fil, spohr- ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby sporophyll

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How to use sporophyll in a sentence

  • 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



/ (ˈspɔːrəʊfɪl, ˈspɒ-) /

  1. a leaf in ferns and other spore-bearing plants that bears the sporangia: See also megasporophyll, microsporophyll

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Scientific definitions for sporophyll


[ spôrə-fĭl′ ]

  1. A leaf or leaflike organ that bears sporangia.

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