One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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