horn·​wort | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌwərt How to pronounce hornwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of hornwort

: any of a genus (Ceratophyllum of the family Ceratophyllaceae) of rootless thin-stemmed aquatic monoecious herbs with female flowers having a single carpel

Examples of hornwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anthocerotae Anthocerotae, also known as hornworts, are the third type of bryophyte. Kevin Espiritu For Partselect.com, 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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circa 1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Hornwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornwort. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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