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sporophyte

[ spawr-uh-fahyt, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr əˌfaɪt, ˈspoʊr- /
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noun Botany.
the form of a plant in the alternation of generations that produces asexual spores.

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Origin of sporophyte

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sporophyte

spo·ro·phyt·ic [spawr-uh-fit-ik, spohr-], /ˌspɔr əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌspoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sporophyte

sporophyte
/ (ˈspɔːrəʊˌfaɪt, ˈspɒ-) /

noun
the diploid form of plants that have alternation of generations. It develops from a zygote and produces asexual sporesCompare gametophyte

Derived forms of sporophyte

sporophytic (ˌspɔːrəˈfɪtɪk, ˌspɒ-), adjective
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Scientific definitions for sporophyte

sporophyte
[ spôrə-fīt′ ]

Among organisms which display an alternation of generations (such as plants, fungi, and certain algae), the individual diploid organism that produces spores. A sporophyte develops from an embryo resulting from the union of two gametes. Each of its cells has two sets of chromosomes, as opposed to the haploid gametophyte generation. See more at alternation of generations gametophyte.
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