- (of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic.
Origin of holophytic
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- (of plants) capable of synthesizing their food from inorganic molecules, esp by photosynthesis
- Not requiring the ingestion of exogenous organic substances for nutrition; obtaining nourishment in the manner of a green plant. Used of certain protozoans capable of photosynthesis.
- An organism that produces its own food through photosynthesis.
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