[trop-uh-fahyt, troh-puh-]

Origin of tropophyte

First recorded in 1895–1900; tropo- + -phyte
Related formstrop·o·phyt·ic [trop-uh-fit-ik, troh-puh-] /ˌtrɒp əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌtroʊ pə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for tropophyte


  1. a plant living in a seasonal climate that can become dormant in unfavourable conditions
Derived Formstropophytic (ˌtrɒpəˈfɪtɪk), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

tropophyte in Science


[trōpə-fīt′, trŏpə-]
  1. A plant adapted to climatic conditions in which periods of abundant precipitation alternate with periods of dryness.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.