perthophyte

noun per·tho·phyte \ˈpərthəˌfīt\

Definition of perthophyte

plural

-s

  1. :  a plant (as a fungus) that lives on dead or decaying tissue forming part of a living plant — compare saprophyte

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Origin and Etymology of perthophyte

Greek perthein to destroy + English -o- + -phyte; akin to Latin ferire to strike — more at bore


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