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

  • n. One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A minute jointed filament growing among the archegonia and antheridia of mosses, or with the spore cases, etc., of other flowerless plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A minute jointed filament growing among the archegonia and antheridia of mosses, or with the spore cases, etc., of other flowerless plants.

from The 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.
  • n. An outgrowth of the roof of the fore-brain, developed in front of the epiphysis, in the hinder region of the prosencephalon.

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

  • n. a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed

Etymologies

New Latin : para-1 + Greek phusis, nature, growth; see physic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek beside + growth. (Wiktionary)

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