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[hahy-drof-uh-luh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. pollinated by the agency of water.
  2. hydrophytic.
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Origin of hydrophilous

From the New Latin word hydrophilus, dating back to 1850–55. See hydro-1, -philous
Related formshy·droph·i·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for hydrophilous

Historical Examples

  • Hydrophilous: applied to species living in low, damp places.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for hydrophilous


  1. botany growing in or pollinated by water
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Derived Formshydrophily, noun
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