[ foh-tuh-fil-ik ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈfɪl ɪk /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for photophilous

/ (fəʊˈtɒfələs) /


(esp of plants) growing best in strong light

Derived forms of photophilous

photophily, noun
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