selaginella

noun
se·​lag·​i·​nel·​la | \ sə-ˌla-jə-ˈne-lə How to pronounce selaginella (audio) \

Definition of selaginella

: any of a genus (Selaginella) of mosslike lower tracheophytes that are related to or grouped with the club mosses and have scalelike leaves and produce one-celled sporangia containing both megaspores and microspores

First Known Use of selaginella

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for selaginella

New Latin, from Latin selagin-, selago, a plant resembling the savin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About selaginella

Time Traveler for selaginella

Time Traveler

The first known use of selaginella was in 1891

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near selaginella

Selaginaceae

selaginella

Selaginellaceae

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for selaginella

Cite this Entry

“Selaginella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selaginella. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!