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

  • noun Any of numerous primarily land-dwelling plants having a sporophytic embryo that develops within gametophytic tissue, including the bryophytes and the vascular plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant generated by means of an embryo; a plant belonging to the group Embryophyta.

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

  • noun biology Any member of the subkingdom Embryophyta; most land plants.


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embryo + -phyte


  • A note on plant centrioles–although absent from most seed plant lineages, the basal members of the embryophyte lineage e.g., Liverworts, Mosses, Hornworts, Ferns, etc. and the green algae all have stages with centrioles.

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