phanerophyte

noun
phan·​er·​o·​phyte | \ ˈfa-nə-rə-ˌfīt How to pronounce phanerophyte (audio) , fə-ˈner-ə- How to pronounce phanerophyte (audio) \

Definition of phanerophyte

: a perennial plant that bears its perennating buds well above the surface of the ground

First Known Use of phanerophyte

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phanerophyte

borrowed from Danish fanerofyt, from Greek phanerós "visible, conspicuous" (from phan-, base of phaínomai, phaínesthai "to become visible, come to light, appear" + -eros, adjective suffix) + Danish -o- -o- + -fyt -phyte — more at fantasy entry 1

Note: The term was introduced by the Danish botanist Christen C. Raunkiær (1860-1938), in a presentation to the Botanical Society of Denmark on December 5, 1903, a resumé of which was published in Botanisk tidsskrift, bind 26 (1905), p. xiv.

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18 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Phanerophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phanerophyte. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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