Oophyte O"["o]*phyte, n. [Gr. w,'o`n an egg + fyto`n a plant.] (Bot.) Any plant of a proposed class or grand division (collectively termed o["o]phytes or O["o]phyta), which have their sexual reproduction accomplished by motile antherozoids acting on o["o]spheres, either while included in their o["o]gonia or after exclusion. [1913 Webster]

Note: This class was at first called O["o]spore[ae], and is made to include all alg[ae] and fungi which have this kind of reproduction, however they may differ in all other respects, the contrasted classes of Thallophytes being Protophytes, Zygophytes, and Carpophytes. The whole system has its earnest advocates, but is rejected by many botanists. See {Carpophyte}. [1913 Webster]

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  • oophyte — [ō′ō fīt΄, ō′əfīt΄] n. [ OO + PHYTE] in plants undergoing alternation of generations, as ferns or mosses, that generation in which the reproductive organs are developed …   English World dictionary

  • oophyte — oophytic /oh euh fit ik/, adj. /oh euh fuyt /, n. Bot. the gametophyte of a moss, fern, or liverwort, resulting from the development of a fertilized egg. [1885 90; OO + PHYTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • oophyte — oo·phyte (oґo fīt) [oo + phyte] any member of the generation in the life history of mosses, ferns, etc., in which the sexual organs are produced …   Medical dictionary

  • oophyte — oo·phyte …   English syllables

  • oophyte — /ˈoʊəfaɪt/ (say ohuhfuyt) noun the plant which produces the gametes, in flowerless plants as mosses and ferns which have both sexual and asexual phases during reproduction. {oo + phyte} …   Australian English dictionary

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  • o|o|phore — «OH uh fawr, fohr», noun. Obsolete. oophyte. ╂[< oo + phore] …   Useful english dictionary

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