liv·​er·​wort | \ ˈli-vər-ˌwərt How to pronounce liverwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of liverwort

1 : any of a class (Hepaticae) of bryophytic plants characterized by a thalloid gametophyte or sometimes an upright leafy gametophyte that resembles a moss

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Recent Examples on the Web Now, a new study of the mosses and liverworts found inside his body and near his corpse are telling us even more about this Copper Age man’s final days. 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 Bryophytes such as mosses and liverworts can only be studied in exceptional scenarios of preservation, such as an anaerobic bog or, in Ötzi's case, a frozen mountain pass. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, "Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb," 30 Oct. 2019 Only about five percent nonvascular plants like liverworts and mosses are represented in the gardens. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Botanic Gardens May Be Endangered Species’ Best Bet," 27 Sep. 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 liverwort

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liverwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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liv·​er·​wort | \ ˈli-vər-ˌwərt How to pronounce liverwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Kids Definition of liverwort

: a flowerless plant that resembles a moss

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