Origin of pteridophytefrom Modern Latin Pteridophyta from Classical Greek pteris (see pteridology) + -phyte
Origin of pteridophyteFrom New Latin Pteridophyta former division name Greek pteris pterid- fern ; see pteridology . Greek phuton plant ; see -phyte .
- pte·rid′o·phyt′ic pter′i·doph′y·tous
- Any plant of the division Pteridophyta, of simple vascular plants that reproduce via spores rather than seeds and that alternate generations of diploid (sporophyte) and haploid (gametophyte or prothallus) forms, the diploid generally being larger and more conspicuous.
- Ferns, lycopods, and scouring rushes are all pteridophytes.
From pterido- +"Ž -phyte.