sap·​ro·​phyte | \ ˈsa-prə-ˌfīt How to pronounce saprophyte (audio) \

Definition of saprophyte

: a saprophytic organism

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Superficially, cancer root appears like Indian pipe, a woodland dwelling saprophyte, a plant that feeds on decomposing plant matter. New York Times, "The Flower That Must Not Be Named," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of saprophyte

1870, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of saprophyte

: a saprophytic organism especially : a plant living on dead or decaying organic matter

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