autophyte

[aw-tuh-fahyt]

noun

Ecology. any organism that synthesizes its own food, as a photosynthetic plant.

Compare heterophyte.

Origin of autophyte

Related formsau·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

noun

an autotrophic plant, such as any green plant
Derived Formsautophytic (ˌɔːtəˈfɪtɪk), adjectiveautophytically, adverb
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