American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An erect, usuallycolorless,sterile, unicellular or pluricellular filament or plate accompanying the spore-bearing or sexual organs of cryptogamous plants. In Fungi they occur with asci or basidia in the hymenium, and are also called
cystides; in mosses, with the antheridia and archegonia; in ferns, with the sporangia in a sorus. Their function is doubtful, but in some cases they may assist in the discharge of spores. See also cuts under antheridium, conceptacle, and moss. Also periphysis.
- n. An outgrowth of the roof of the fore-brain, developed in front of the epiphysis, in the hinder region of the prosencephalon.
- n. botany A minute jointed filament growing among the archegonia and antheridia of mosses, or with the spore cases, etc., of other flowerless plants.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A minute jointed filament growing among the archegonia and antheridia of mosses, or with the spore cases, etc., of other flowerless plants.
- n. a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
- From Ancient Greek beside + growth. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin : para-1 + Greek phusis, nature, growth; see physic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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