noun . Botany a plant that grows above the ground, supported nonparasitically by another plant or object, and deriving its nutrients and water from rain, the air, dust, etc.; air plant; aerophyte. Origin of epiphyte
First recorded in
-phyte Related forms ep·i·phyt·ic , [ep- uh- fit-ik] /ˌɛp əˈfɪt ɪk/ ep·i·phyt·i·cal, adjective ep·i·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for epiphyte Historical Examples of epiphyte British Dictionary definitions for epiphyte noun a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic on it Derived Forms epiphytic ( ˌɛpɪˈfɪtɪk), epiphytal or epiphytical, adjective epiphytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for epiphyte n.
1816 (implied in
epiphytous), from epi- "upon" + -phyte "plant."
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A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes. Also called aerophyte air plant Related forms epiphytic adjective ( ĕp′ə-fĭt) ′ĭk
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