capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Rhyniaceae) of small leafless dichotomously branching fossil plants with terminal sporangia, a primitive stele, and smooth branching rhizomes compare horneophyton
plural -s : any plant or fossil of Rhynia or a closely related genus

Word History


New Latin, from Rhynie, Scotland, where the fossil plant was discovered + -ia

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“Rhynia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhynia. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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