autophyte

[ aw-tuh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɔ təˌfaɪt /

noun

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

Origin of autophyte

Related forms

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

autophytic (ˌɔːtəˈfɪtɪk), adjectiveautophytically, adverb
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