hal·​o·​phyte | \ ˈha-lə-ˌfīt How to pronounce halophyte (audio) \

Definition of halophyte

: a plant (such as saltbush or sea lavender) that grows in salty soil and usually has a physiological resemblance to a true xerophyte

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Other Words from halophyte

halophytic \ ˌha-​lə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce halophyte (audio) \ adjective

Examples of halophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But sea beans are a type of halophyte, a salt-loving terrestrial plant that can’t grow in pure fresh water. Caroline Hatchett, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 Norton has recently turned to cordgrass, another halophyte, to develop a biodegradable fishing bobber. Caroline Hatchett, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of halophyte

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halophyte

International Scientific Vocabulary

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The first known use of halophyte was circa 1886

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“Halophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halophyte. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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