hornwort definition

  • noun:
    • any one of several submerged flowers of the genus Ceratophyllum, developing branched masses in quiet water and achieving finely dissected, whorled leaves and min unisexual flowers.
    • A bryophyte with a leafless thallus described as a dominant gametophyte phase of life pattern and a sporophyte stage formed like a horn.
    • An aquatic plant (Ceratophyllum), with finely split leaves.
    • An aquatic plant of genus Ceratophyllum, the single types of which, C. demersum, is typical in ponds and sluggish channels in most parts of the world. See cut under Ceratophyllace√¶.
    • liverworts with slender hornlike capsules
    • any aquatic plant regarding the genus Ceratophyllum; kinds submerged masses in ponds and slow-flowing streams

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