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hornwort

[hawrn-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈhɔrnˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any aquatic plant of the genus Ceratophyllum, found in ponds and slow streams.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; horn + wort2
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  • The hornwort nomenclature is current and complete, the liverwort data less so.
  • hornwort sporophytes have no distinction of a capsule.
British Dictionary definitions for hornwort

hornwort

/ˈhɔːnˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any aquatic plant of the genus Ceratophyllum, forming submerged branching masses in ponds and slow-flowing streams: family Ceratophyllaceae
2.
any of a group of bryophytes belonging to the phylum Anthocerophyta, resembling liverworts but with hornlike sporophytes
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hornwort in Science
hornwort
  (hôrn'wûrt', -wôrt')   
Any of about 100 species of small bryophyte plants belonging to the phylum Anthocerophyta. Unlike liverworts but like mosses, hornwort sporophytes have stomata. The hornwort gametophyte consists of a low thallus, out of which numerous slender, upright sporophytes tipped with sporangia grow. The sporophyte has a meristem that elongates the sporophyte with new growth, a feature that distinguishes the plant from the other bryophytes. The name of the hornworts was suggested by the hornlike appearance of the sporophytes. See more at bryophyte.
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