Definition of Metaphyta in English:

Metaphyta

noun

Biology
  • In form Metaphyta; with plural (or occasionally singular) concord. The multicellular plants, as constituting a taxonomic or phylogenetic group; (treated as plural, also metaphyta) multicellular plants (collectively or individually); metaphytes.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Metaphyta (in Haeckel Natürliche Schöpfungs-Geschichte (ed. 8) ii. xvii. 420 (table)) from meta- + ancient Greek ϕυτά, plural of ϕυτόν a plant, after Protophyta.

Pronunciation

Metaphyta

/ˌmɛtəˈfʌɪtə/