pte·​ri·​do·​phyte tə-ˈri-də-ˌfīt How to pronounce pteridophyte (audio) ˈter-ə-dō- How to pronounce pteridophyte (audio)
: any of a division (Pteridophyta) of vascular plants (such as a fern) that have roots, stems, and leaves but lack flowers or seeds

Word History


New Latin Pteridophyta, from Greek pterid- + phyton plant — more at phyto-

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pteridophyte was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Pteridophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


pte·​ri·​do·​phyte tə-ˈrid-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce pteridophyte (audio)
: any of a group of vascular plants that have roots, stems, and leaves, reproduce by spores instead of by flowers and seeds, and include the ferns, club mosses, horsetails, and their extinct relatives
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