Definition of liverwort in English:



  • A small flowerless green plant with leaf-like stems or lobed leaves, occurring in moist habitats. They lack true roots and reproduce by means of spores released from capsules.

    • ‘Pollen and spores in the last meal came from ferns and liverwort, which grow in subtropical environments.’
    • ‘A profusion of mosses, liverworts, lichens and ferns cover the woodland floor and festoon tree trunks and branches.’
    • ‘Tiny gardens of moss and liverworts flourished where spores had drifted in from outside and settled under the warm glow of the cave lights.’
    • ‘Land plants are composed of four monophyletic groups: vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.’
    • ‘It will be no surprise if they are found also in much older lineages of land plants, such as in mosses, ferns, and liverworts.’


Late Old English, from liver + wort, translating medieval Latin hepatica.