Lepidocarpon

noun

Lep·​i·​do·​car·​pon
: a form genus of Carboniferous fossil lycopsid plants (order Lepidodendrales) known from strobili with heterosporous megasporangia containing a single mature seedlike megaspore and three abortive megaspores that is sometimes considered to be on the ancestral line of true seed plants

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from lepid- + -carpon (from Greek karpos fruit)

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“Lepidocarpon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lepidocarpon. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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