calyptra

calyptra

[kuh-lip-truh]
noun Botany.
1.
Also called cap. a hood or hoodlike part, as the lid of the capsule in mosses.
2.
a root cap.

Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin < Greek kalýptra veil, covering, equivalent to kalýp(tein) to veil, cover + -tra noun suffix

calyptrate [kuh-lip-treyt] , adjective
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calyptra (kəˈlɪptrə)
 
n
1.  a membranous hood covering the spore-bearing capsule of mosses and liverworts
2.  any hoodlike structure, such as a root cap
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek kaluptra hood, from kaluptein to cover]
 
calyptrate
 
adj

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calyptra   (kə-lĭp'trə)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. In some bryophyte plants, a structure that covers the young sporophyte as it develops within the tissues of its gametophyte parent. The calyptra, which consists of a thickening of the archegonium walls, eventually breaks open as the spore capsule grows.

  2. See root cap.


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