from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sperm-producing organ occurring in seedless plants, fungi, and algae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the organ in cryptogamic plants which answers to the anther in the phanerogamic series. It assumes various forms and positions in the different groups. Also called antherid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The male reproductive apparatus in the lower plants, consisting of a cell or other cavity in which spermatozoids are produced; -- called also spermary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany An organ producing male gametes called antherozoids, found in lower plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the male sex organ of spore-producing plants; produces antherozoids; equivalent to the anther in flowers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin : anthēra, anther; see anther + -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).]



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