mac·​ro·​phyte ˈma-krə-ˌfīt How to pronounce macrophyte (audio)
: a member of the macroscopic plant life especially of a body of water
macrophytic adjective

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Further, 25 lakes were in a very bad state, entirely covered with macrophytes (thus affecting the diversity of the lake) or dumped with solid or liquid waste and with little or no water. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, 22 Oct. 2019

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Word History


borrowed from German Makrophyt, from makro- macro- + -phyt -phyte

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macrophyte was in 1903

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“Macrophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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