Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the minute body produced in the antheridium of cryptogams by which the female organs are fertilized.

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

  • noun (Bot.) One of the mobile male reproductive bodies in the antheridia of cryptogams.

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  • noun botany One of the mobile male reproductive bodies in the antheridia of cryptogams.

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  • noun a motile male gamete of a plant such as an alga or fern or gymnosperm

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek ἀνθηρός (anthēros, "flowery") + ζῷον (zōon, "animal") + -oid.

Examples

  • The product of the union of an antherozoid and an oosphere is termed an

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 531, March 6, 1886

  • Those which are of two kinds are, first, a generally aggressive and motile fertilizing or so-called "male cell," called in its typical form an _antherozoid_; and, second, a passive and motionless receptive or so-called "female cell," called an _oosphere_.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 531, March 6, 1886

  • What! The sporule of a scrap of moss requires an antherozoid before it is fit to germinate; and the ovule of a Scolia, that proud huntress, can dispense with the equivalent in order to hatch and produce a male?

    Bramble-Bees and Others

  • - Botany, male, pollen-bearing organ of flower. antheral, adj. antherozoid, n. male sexual element in lower plants; spermatozoid.

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