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 phreatophyte (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

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“Phreatophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phreatophyte. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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