Protophyta

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

Definition of Protophyta

: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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