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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of selaginella was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Selaginella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


se·​lag·​i·​nel·​la sə-ˌlaj-ə-ˈnel-ə How to pronounce selaginella (audio)
: any of a genus of plants that are related to the club mosses and have branching stems and scalelike leaves
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