Pteridophyta Pter`i*doph"y*ta, n. pl. [NL., from Gr. ?, ?, a fern + ? a plant.] (Bot.) A class of flowerless plants, embracing ferns, horsetails, club mosses, quillworts, and other like plants. See the Note under {Cryptogamia}. -- {Pter"i*do*phyte`}, n. [1913 Webster]

Note: This is a modern term, devised to replace the older ones acrogens and vascular Cryptogamia. [1913 Webster]

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