[ mez-uh-fahyt, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]
/ ˈmɛz əˌfaɪt, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə- /


a plant growing under conditions of well-balanced moisture supply.

Origin of mesophyte

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

Related forms

mes·o·phyt·ic [mez-uh-fit-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mesophyte


/ (ˈmɛsəʊˌfaɪt) /


any plant that grows in surroundings receiving an average supply of water

Derived Forms

mesophytic (ˌmɛsəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for mesophyte


[ mĕzə-fīt′ ]

A plant that grows in an environment having a moderate supply of water. Mesophytes tend to have root systems and vascular tissues that are well-developed, and many species can grow to great heights as a result. Most crop plants, grasses, and broad-leaved bushes and trees growing in temperate climates are mesophytes. Compare hydrophyte xerophyte.
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