phreatophyte

noun
phre·​at·​o·​phyte | \ frē-ˈa-tə-ˌfīt How to pronounce phreatophyte (audio) \

Definition of phreatophyte

: a deep-rooted plant that obtains its water from the water table or the layer of soil just above it

Other Words from phreatophyte

phreatophytic \ frē-​ˌa-​tə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce phreatophytic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of phreatophyte

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phreatophyte

Greek phreat-, phrear well + English -o- + -phyte

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about phreatophyte

Time Traveler for phreatophyte

Time Traveler

The first known use of phreatophyte was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Statistics for phreatophyte

Cite this Entry

“Phreatophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phreatophyte. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

Comments on phreatophyte

What made you want to look up phreatophyte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!