[ trop-uh-fahyt, troh-puh- ]
/ ˈtrɒp əˌfaɪt, ˈtroʊ pə- /


a tropophilous plant, as a broad-leaved tree.

Origin of tropophyte

First recorded in 1895–1900; tropo- + -phyte

Related forms

trop·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tropophyte


/ (ˈtrɒpəˌfaɪt) /


a plant living in a seasonal climate that can become dormant in unfavourable conditions

Derived Forms

tropophytic (ˌtrɒpəˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for tropophyte


[ trōpə-fīt′, trŏpə- ]

A plant adapted to climatic conditions in which periods of abundant precipitation alternate with periods of dryness.
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