em·​bryo·​phyte ˈem-brē-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce embryophyte (audio)
: any of a subkingdom (Embryophyta) of plants in which the embryo is retained within maternal tissue and which include the bryophytes and tracheophytes

Word History


embryo- + -phyte, after New Latin Embryophyta

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of embryophyte was circa 1909

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“Embryophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryophyte. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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