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  1. a plant that thrives in saline soil.

Origin of halophyte

First recorded in 1885–90; halo- + -phyte
Related formshal·o·phyt·ic [hal-uh-fit-ik] /ˌhæl əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halophyte


  1. a plant that grows in very salty soil, as in a salt marsh
Derived Formshalophytic (ˌhæləˈfɪtɪk), adjectivehalophytism, noun
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halophyte in Science


  1. A plant adapted to living in salty soil, as along the seashore or in salt flats. Mangroves, salt-marsh grasses, and saltbushes are halophytes.
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