cryophyte

[ krahy-uh-fahyt ]

noun
  1. any plant, as certain algae, mosses, fungi, and bacteria, that grows on ice or snow.

  2. 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.

Origin of cryophyte

1
First recorded in 1905–10; cryo- + -phyte

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British Dictionary definitions for cryophyte

cryophyte

/ (ˈkraɪəˌfaɪt) /


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

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