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


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

Nearby words

  1. mesophilic,
  2. mesophilous,
  3. mesophlebitis,
  4. mesophryon,
  5. mesophyll,
  6. mesoplankton,
  7. mesoporphyrin,
  8. mesopotamia,
  9. mesopotamian,
  10. mesorchium

Origin of mesophyte

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

Related formsmes·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 Formsmesophytic (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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