[ het-er-uh-fahyt ]

  1. a plant that secures its nutrition directly or indirectly from other organisms; a parasite or saprophyte.

Origin of heterophyte


Other words from heterophyte

  • het·er·o·phyt·ic [het-er-uh-fit-ik], /ˌhɛt ər əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby heterophyte

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Scientific definitions for heterophyte


[ hĕtər-ə-fīt′ ]

  1. A plant that obtains its nourishment from other living or dead organisms. For example, Indian pipe is a pale white plant without chlorophyll that obtains its nutrition from fungal symbionts. See also heterotroph.

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