bryophyte[brī′ō fīt′, brī′ə-]
bryophyte definition by Webster's New World
any of a division (Bryophyta) of plants consisting of the mosses and liverworts
Origin: ; from Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek bryon, moss plush -phyte
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- bryophytic adjective
bryophyte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A plant of the Bryophyta, a division of photosynthetic, chiefly terrestrial, nonvascular plants, including the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
- bryˌo·phytˈic adjective
bryophyte - Science Definition
A member of a large group of seedless green plants including the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. Bryophytes lack the specialized tissues xylem and phloem that circulate water and dissolved nutrients in the vascular plants. Bryophytes generally live on land but are mostly found in moist environments, for they have free-swimming sperm that require water for transport. In contrast to the vascular plants, the gametophyte (haploid) generation of bryophytes constitutes the larger plant form, while the small sporophyte (diploid) generation grows on or within the gametophyte and depends upon it for nutrition.