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psilophyte

psilophyte

noun psi·lo·phyte \ˈsī-lə-ˌfīt\

Definition of PSILOPHYTE

:  any of a division (Psilophyta) of simple dichotomously branched plants that first appeared during the Late Silurian, are now limited to two extant genera, lack true leaves and roots, and include the oldest known land plants with vascular tissue
psi·lo·phyt·ic \ˌsī-lə-ˈfi-tik\ adjective

Origin of PSILOPHYTE

New Latin Psilophyton, genus of plants, from Greek psilos bare, mere (probably akin to Greek psēn to rub) + phyton plant — more at phyt-
First Known Use: circa 1911

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