epi·​phyt·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈfi-tik How to pronounce epiphytic (audio) \

Definition of epiphytic

1 : of, relating to, or being an epiphyte
2 : living on the surface of plants

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Other Words from epiphytic

epiphytically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈfi-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce epiphytically (audio) \ adverb
epiphytism \ ˈe-​pə-​ˌfī-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce epiphytism (audio) \ noun

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These epiphytic bromeliads are usually found growing on almost anything, from the southern United States to southern Argentina. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Favorite bromeliads These are Juliana Raposo’s top 10 recommendations for bromeliads: Aechmea blanchetiana is both a terrestrial or epiphytic bromeliad. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Most are epiphytic and have definite vases and straplike, blunt-ended, green leaves. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Bird’s Nest Fern These guys are naturally epiphytic when in the rainforest and can be found growing in the nooks of trees high up. Sunset, "Top 10 Kid- & Pet-Friendly Plants," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of epiphytic

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of epiphytic was in 1830

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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