cryophyte

[ krahy-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈkraɪ əˌfaɪt /

noun

any plant, as certain algae, mosses, fungi, and bacteria, that grows on ice or snow.
any low-growing, succulent, blooming plant of the genus Cryophytum (or Mesembryanthemum), certain species of which form extensive mats along the southwestern coasts of the U.S.

Nearby words

  1. cryonics,
  2. cryopathy,
  3. cryopexy,
  4. cryophilic,
  5. cryophylactic,
  6. cryoplankton,
  7. cryoprecipitate,
  8. cryopreservation,
  9. cryopreserve,
  10. cryoprobe

Origin of cryophyte

First recorded in 1905–10; cryo- + -phyte

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British Dictionary definitions for cryophyte

cryophyte

/ (ˈkraɪəˌfaɪt) /

noun

an organism, esp an alga or moss, that grows on snow or ice
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