[ hal-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈhæl əˌfaɪt /


a plant that thrives in saline soil.

Origin of halophyte

First recorded in 1885–90; halo- + -phyte

Related forms

hal·o·phyt·ic [hal-uh-fit-ik] /ˌhæl əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halophyte


/ (ˈhæləʊˌfaɪt) /


a plant that grows in very salty soil, as in a salt marsh

Derived Forms

halophytic (ˌhæləˈfɪtɪk), adjectivehalophytism, noun
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Science definitions for halophyte


[ hălə-fīt′ ]

A plant adapted to living in salty soil, as along the seashore or in salt flats. Mangroves, salt-marsh grasses, and saltbushes are halophytes.

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