from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the leaf or leaf-like organ which bears the spores, or receptacles containing the spores, in many of the vascularcryptogams.
  • n. In algol., a leaflet-like outgrowth upon which occur the sporangia, arising below the large terminal blade in Alaria and other closely related genera of the Phæophyceæ.

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  • n. leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia


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