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

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“Selaginella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selaginella. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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