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gametophyte

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gametophyte the gamete-bearing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gametophyte (Bot) In the alternation of generations in plants, that generation or phase which bears sex organs and produces gametes. In the lower plants, as the algæ, the gametophyte is the conspicuous part of the plant body; in mosses it is the so-called moss plant; in ferns it is reduced to a small, early perishing body; and in seed plants it is usually microscopic or rudimentary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gametophyte In thallophytes, the sexual form of the plant, as distinguished from the sporophyte, or asexual form.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gamete, + Gr. fyto`n plant