• (British) IPA: /ˈbɹʌɪ̯.ə.fʌɪt/
  • (America, Canada) IPA: /ˈbɹaɪ̯.ə.fʌit/

bryophyte (plural bryophytes)

  1. (botany) Any plant of the division Bryophyta, defined sensu lato to comprise the mosses, liverworts and hornworts and corresponding to all embryophytes that are not vascular plants.
    • 2002, William R. Buck, Bryophytes, entry in Niles Eldredge (editor), Life on Earth, page 202 ↗,
      Because of their small size and often delicate structure, bryophytes have a poor fossil record, dating back only about 290 million years.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 312:
      And so it was that I was introduced to Len Ellis and the quiet world of bryophytes – mosses to the rest of us.

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