Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[thal-uh-fahyt] /ˈθæl əˌfaɪt/
any of the Thallophyta, a plant division in some older classification schemes, comprising algae, fungi, and lichens.
Origin of thallophyte
1850-55; < New Latin Thallophyta group name. See thallus, -o-, -phyte
Related forms
[thal-uh-fit-ik] /ˌθæl əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for thallophyte
Historical Examples
  • The vegetative body of a thallophyte is a thallus, and corresponds to stem and leaf.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for thallophyte


(obsolete) any organism of the former division Thallophyta, lacking true stems, leaves, and roots: includes the algae, fungi, lichens, and bacteria, all now regarded as separate phyla
Derived Forms
thallophytic (ˌθæləˈfɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin thallophyta, from Greek thallos a young shoot + phuton a plant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
thallophyte in Science
Any of a former group of plantlike organisms showing no differentiation into stem, root, or leaf. Thallophytes were regarded as constituting a major division of the plant kingdom and included the algae, fungi, and lichens. No longer in scientific use.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for thallophyte

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for thallophyte

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for thallophyte