Protophyta

plural noun Pro·toph·y·ta \prəˈtäfətə\

Definition of Protophyta

  1. :  a major category of lower plants: such as a in former classifications :  a division or other group comprising the algae, fungi, and lichens b in some especially former classifications :  a division or other group comprising unicellular plants and including bacteria, yeasts, slime molds, blue-green algae, and various simple green algae —often used as a term of convenience rather than strict taxonomy — compare protista c in some classifications :  a division comprising unicellular and noncellular organisms and including blue-green algae, bacteria, rickettsias and related organisms, and viruses —used chiefly in bacteriological taxonomy

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Origin and Etymology of protophyta

New Latin, from prot- + -phyta


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