EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any organism that lives on dead organic matter, as certain fungi and bacteria. Origin of saprophyte
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-phyte Related forms sap·ro·phyt·ic , [sap-r uh- fit-ik] /ˌsæp rəˈfɪt ɪk/ adjective sap·ro·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for saprophyte Historical Examples of saprophyte British Dictionary definitions for saprophyte noun any plant that lives and feeds on dead organic matter using mycorrhizal fungi associated with its roots; a saprotrophic plant Derived Forms saprophytic ( ˌsæprəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective saprophytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for saprophyte n.
"bacteria or fungus that grows on decaying organic matter," 1867, from French, from Greek
sapros "putrid" + phyton "plant" (see phyto-). Related: Saprophytism.
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n. An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that grows on and derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter. Related forms sap′ro•phyt ( ′ic -fĭt) ′ĭk adj.
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An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that lives on and gets its nourishment from dead organisms or decaying organic material. Saprophytes recycle organic material in the soil, breaking it down into in simpler compounds that can be taken up by other organisms. Related forms saprophytic adjective ( săp′rə-fĭt) ′ĭk
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