Definition of Pteridophyta in US English:

Pteridophyta

plural noun

Botany
  • A division of flowerless green plants that comprises the ferns and their relatives.

    Division Pteridophyta: classes Filicopsida (ferns), Sphenopsida (horsetails), and Lycopsida (club mosses)

    • ‘Consider the ‘Pteridophyta’ (vascular plants that reproduce by spores) are they a monophyletic group or a grade?’
    • ‘Polyploidy occurs in the heterosporous and homosporous Pteridophyta, but with a much higher frequency in the latter.’
    • ‘The database includes the data on the spread of the autochthonous and majority of the alochthonous species of pteridophyta and anthophyta in Slovenia.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek pteris, pterid- ‘fern’ + phuton ‘plant’.

Pronunciation

Pteridophyta

/ˌterəˈdäfidə/