hy·​per·​ther·​mo·​phile ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce hyperthermophile (audio)
: an organism that lives in extremely hot environments (such as hot springs) with temperatures around the boiling point of water
hyperthermophilic adjective

Examples of hyperthermophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a bacterium whose genetic material includes genes from a diverse bestiary: Icelandic hyperthermophiles, petunias, yeast, perhaps a bit of bioluminescent jellyfish. Sophia Roosth, Slate Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperthermophile was in 1988

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“Hyperthermophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperthermophile. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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