plural noun

: a family of three or four genera of primitive ferns found in Devonian and Carboniferous rocks of Europe and having the stem strand of xylem surrounded by phloem and the petioles with characteristic single W-shaped vascular bundle

Word History


New Latin, from Botryopterid-, Botryopteris, type genus (from botry- + -pterid-, -pteris) + -aceae

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“Botryopteridaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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