thallophyte

[thal-uh-fahyt]
noun
  1. any of the Thallophyta, a plant division in some older classification schemes, comprising algae, fungi, and lichens.

Origin of thallophyte

First recorded in 1850–55, thallophyte is from the New Latin word Thallophyta group name. See thallus, -o-, -phyte
Related formsthal·lo·phyt·ic [thal-uh-fit-ik] /ˌθæl əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of thallophyte

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

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold


British Dictionary definitions for thallophyte

thallophyte

noun
  1. 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 Formsthallophytic (ˌθæləˈfɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for thallophyte

C19: from New Latin thallophyta, from Greek thallos a young shoot + phuton a plant
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thallophyte in Science

thallophyte

[thălə-fīt′]
  1. 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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