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Definition of "prothallus" [pro•thal•lus]

  • A small, flat, delicate structure produced by a germinating spore and bearing sex organs. It is the gametophyte of ferns and some other plants. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prothallus" in a sentence
  • "The spores germinate and mature into a small plant called a prothallus which is the area for sexual reproduction."
  • "The prothallus is the gametophyte generationof a fern."
  • "At the end of six weeks or so the prothallus will perhaps appear, certainly in a week or two more; perhaps from unforeseen circumstances not for three months."
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