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gametophyte


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gametophyte  \Ga*me"to*phyte\,  n.  [Gamete  +  Gr  fyto`n  plant.] 
  (Bot.) 
  In  the  alternation  of  generations  in  plants,  that  generation 
  or  phase  which  bears  sex  organs.  In  the  lower  plants,  as  the 
  alg[ae],  the  gametophyte  is  the  conspicuous  part  of  the  plant 
  body;  in  mosses  it  is  the  so-called  moss  plant;  in  ferns  it 
  is  reduced  to  a  small  early  perishing  body;  and  in  seed 
  plants  it  is  usually  microscopic  or  rudimentary. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gametophyte 
  n  :  the  gamete-producing  individual  or  phase  in  the  life  cycle 
  of  a  plant  having  alternation  of  generations 




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