Origin of paraphysisModern Latin from Gr, an offshoot, sucker from para- (see para-) + physis, a growth from phyein, to grow: see be
Origin of paraphysisNew Latin para- 1Greek phusis nature, growth ; see physic .
- (botany) A minute jointed filament growing among the archegonia and antheridia of mosses, or with the spore cases, etc., of other flowerless plants.
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From Ancient Greek beside + growth.