phreatophyte

[ free-at-uh-fahyt ]
/ friˈæt əˌfaɪt /

noun

a long-rooted plant that absorbs its water from the water table or the soil above it.

Nearby words

  1. phratry,
  2. phreak,
  3. phreaking,
  4. phreatic,
  5. phreatic zone,
  6. phren-,
  7. phren.,
  8. phrenalgia,
  9. phrenemphraxis,
  10. phrenetic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for phreatophyte

phreatophyte

/ (frɪˈætəfaɪt) /

noun

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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Science definitions for phreatophyte

phreatophyte

[ frē-ătə-fīt′ ]

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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