[ fahy-ton ]
/ ˈfaɪ tɒn /

noun Botany.

the smallest part of a stem, root, or leaf, that, when removed from a plant, may grow into a new plant.

Origin of phyton

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek phŷton a plant

Related forms

phy·ton·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phyton


/ (ˈfaɪtɒn) /


a unit of plant structure, usually considered as the smallest part of the plant that is capable of growth when detached from the parent plant

Word Origin for phyton

C20: from Greek. See -phyte
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