cryptophyte

[ krip-tuh-fahyt ]
/ ˈkrɪp təˌfaɪt /

noun

Botany. a plant that forms its reproductive structures, as corms or bulbs, underground or underwater.
Biology. cryptomonad.

Origin of cryptophyte

First recorded in 1900–05; crypto- + -phyte

Related forms

cryp·to·phyt·ic [krip-tuh-fit-ik] /ˌkrɪp təˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptophyte

cryptophyte

/ (ˈkrɪptəˌfaɪt) /

noun

any perennial plant that bears its buds below the soil or water surface

Derived Forms

cryptophytic (ˌkrɪptəˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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