plural -s
: a plant (as a fungus) that lives on dead or decaying tissue forming part of a living plant compare saprophyte

Word History


Greek perthein to destroy + English -o- + -phyte; akin to Latin ferire to strike

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“Perthophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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