glossopteris

noun
glos·​sop·​ter·​is

Definition of glossopteris

1 capitalized : a genus of chiefly Permian and Triassic fossil ferns or fernlike plants characterized by thick entire fronds with anastomosing veins
2 plural -es : any plant of the genus Glossopteris

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New Latin, from gloss- + -pteris

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“Glossopteris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossopteris. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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