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  1. of or relating to an organism, as a plant, that is receptive to, seeks, or thrives in light.
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Also pho·toph·i·lous [foh-tof-uh-luh s] /foʊˈtɒf ə ləs/.

Origin of photophilic

First recorded in 1895–1900; photo- + -philic
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Examples from the Web for photophilous

Historical Examples of photophilous

  • The photophilous parts of these plants are "seasonably complementary."

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

British Dictionary definitions for photophilous


  1. (esp of plants) growing best in strong light
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Derived Formsphotophily, noun
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