Origin of phreatophyte

1915–20; < Greek phreat- (see phreatic) + -o- + -phyte
Related formsphre·at·o·phyt·ic [free-at-uh-fit-ik] /friˌæt əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for phreatophyte


  1. a plant having very long roots that reach down to the water table or the layer above it

Word Origin for phreatophyte

C20: from Greek phrear a well + -phyte
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phreatophyte in Science


  1. A deep-rooted plant that obtains water from a permanent ground supply or from the water table, such as many tamarisk species. Phreatophytes are often found in arid environments.
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