- variant of phyto- as final element of compound words: lithophyte.
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- indicating a plant of a specified type or habitatlithophyte; thallophyte
Word Origin for -phyte
from Greek phuton plant
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Word Origin and History for -phyte
word-forming element meaning "plant, plant characteristic; planting, growth; abnormal growth," from Greek phyton "plant" (see phyto-).
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- A plant with a specified character or habitat:saprophyte.
- A pathological growth:osteophyte.
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