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[het-er-uh-fahyt] /ˈhɛt ər əˌfaɪt/
noun, Botany.
a plant that secures its nutrition directly or indirectly from other organisms; a parasite or saprophyte.
Compare autophyte.
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[het-er-uh-fit-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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heterophyte in Science
A plant that obtains its nourishment from other living or dead organisms. For example, Indian pipe is a pale white plant without chlorophyll that obtains its nutrition from fungal symbionts. See also heterotroph.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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