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
2 : hepatica

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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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1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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