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Generative cell

generative cell
A cell of the male gametophyte (pollen grain) of seed plants that divides to give rise directly or indirectly to sperm. See more at pollination.


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    noun, Linguistics. 1. a linguistic theory that attempts to describe the tacit knowledge that a native speaker has of a language by establishing a set of explicit, formalized rules that specify or generate all the possible grammatical sentences of a language, while excluding all unacceptable sentences. Compare . 2. a set of such rules. noun […]

  • Generatively

    [jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. capable of producing or creating. 2. pertaining to the production of offspring. 3. Linguistics. /ˈdʒɛnərətɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to the production of offspring, parts, etc: a generative cell 2. capable of producing or originating adj. early 15c., from generate + -ive. Use in […]

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  • Generative-transformational grammar

    [jen-er-uh-tiv trans-fer-mey-shuh-nl, -uh-rey-tiv-] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv ˌtræns fərˈmeɪ ʃə nl, -əˌreɪ tɪv-/ noun, Linguistics. 1. .

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