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autophyte

[ aw-tuh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɔ təˌfaɪt /
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noun
Ecology. any organism that synthesizes its own food, as a photosynthetic plant.
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Origin of autophyte

OTHER WORDS FROM autophyte

au·to·phyt·ic [aw-tuh-fit-ik], /ˌɔ təˈfɪt ɪk/, adjectiveau·to·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for autophyte

autophyte
/ (ˈɔːtəˌfaɪt) /

noun
an autotrophic plant, such as any green plant

Derived forms of autophyte

autophytic (ˌɔːtəˈfɪtɪk), adjectiveautophytically, adverb
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