[ thal-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈθæl əˌfaɪt /


any of the Thallophyta, a plant division in some older classification schemes, comprising algae, fungi, and lichens.



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Origin of thallophyte

First recorded in 1850–55, thallophyte is from the New Latin word Thallophyta group name. See thallus, -o-, -phyte

OTHER WORDS FROM thallophyte

thal·lo·phyt·ic [thal-uh-fit-ik], /ˌθæl əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective

Words nearby thallophyte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for thallophyte

  • The vegetative body of a thallophyte is a thallus, and corresponds to stem and leaf.

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British Dictionary definitions for thallophyte

/ (ˈθæləˌfaɪt) /


obsolete any organism of the former division Thallophyta, lacking true stems, leaves, and roots: includes the algae, fungi, lichens, and bacteria, all now regarded as separate phyla

Derived forms of thallophyte

thallophytic (ˌθæləˈfɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for thallophyte

C19: from New Latin thallophyta, from Greek thallos a young shoot + phuton a plant
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Scientific definitions for thallophyte

[ thălə-fīt′ ]

Any of a former group of plantlike organisms showing no differentiation into stem, root, or leaf. Thallophytes were regarded as constituting a major division of the plant kingdom and included the algae, fungi, and lichens. No longer in scientific use.
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