bryo·​phyte | \ ˈbrī-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce bryophyte (audio) \

Definition of bryophyte

: any of a division (Bryophyta) of nonflowering plants comprising the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts

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bryophytic \ ˌbrī-​ə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce bryophytic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bryophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surprisingly, the team identified 75 different species of bryophytes, including 10 types of liverworts, according to a press release. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mosses Expand the Story of Ötzi the Iceman’s Final Journey," 1 Nov. 2019 Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Innsbruck recovered at least 75 species of bryophytes, non-vascular plants such as mosses and liverworts, that had been preserved in ice with Otzi. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Frozen moss reveals fatal final journey of 5,300-year-old ice mummy," 31 Oct. 2019 Around 70 percent of the bryophyte species found in and around Ötzi's high-altitude remains do not grow in the nival zone, the highest region of alpine vegetation which starts around 9,850 feet in this part of the Alps. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb," 30 Oct. 2019 Anthocerotae Anthocerotae, also known as hornworts, are the third type of bryophyte. Kevin Espiritu For, Good Housekeeping, "How And Why You Should Try Growing Moss In Your Garden," 29 Aug. 2017 Oishi said humid cities where moss thrives could benefit most from using bryophytes – a collective term for mosses, hornworts and liverworts – as bioindicators, adding moss could be monitored in its natural environment or cultivated for analysis. Sophie Hares, The Christian Science Monitor, "Moss could be used to monitor urban pollution, Japanese scientists say," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bryophyte

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bryophyte

ultimately from Greek bryon + phyton plant; akin to Greek phyein to bring forth — more at be

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“Bryophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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