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 (spər-măt′ə-fīt′, spûr′mə-tə-)
sper·mat′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(ˈspɜːmətəʊˌfaɪt) or


(Plants) (in traditional classifications) any plant of the major division Spermatophyta, which includes all seed-bearing plants: an angiosperm or a gymnosperm. Former name: phanerogam
spermatophytic adj
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(spɜrˈmæt əˌfaɪt)

also spermophyte

any seed-bearing plant, including any of the gymnosperms or angiosperms, sometimes considered as constituting the division Spermatophyta (or Spermophyta).
[1895–1900; < New Latin Spermotophyta; see spermato-, -phyte]
sper•mat`o•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
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A plant that produces seeds, such as a conifer or flowering plant.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermatophyte - plant that reproduces by means of seeds not sporesspermatophyte - plant that reproduces by means of seeds not spores
seedling - young plant or tree grown from a seed
balsam - any seed plant yielding balsam
gymnosperm - plants of the class Gymnospermae having seeds not enclosed in an ovary
angiosperm, flowering plant - plants having seeds in a closed ovary
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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