plural -s
: a plant that produces its buds underwater or underground on corms, bulbs, or rhizomes

Word History


probably from French, from crypt- + -phyte

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptophyte was in 1909

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“Cryptophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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