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halophile

[hal-uh-fahyl] /ˈhæl əˌfaɪl/
noun
1.
any organism, as certain halobacteria and marine bacteria, that requires a salt-rich environment for its growth and survival.
Origin of halophile
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; halo- + -phile
Related forms
halophilic
[hal-uh-fil-ik] /ˌhæl əˈfɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
halophilous
[ha-lof-uh-luh s] /hæˈlɒf ə ləs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halophile

halophile

/ˈhæləʊˌfaɪl/
noun
1.
an organism that thrives in an extremely salty environment, such as the Dead Sea
Derived Forms
halophilic, adjective
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