saprophyte

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

Definition of saprophyte

: a saprophytic organism

Examples of saprophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Superficially, cancer root appears like Indian pipe, a woodland dwelling saprophyte, a plant that feeds on decomposing plant matter. New York Times, 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of saprophyte

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Saprophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saprophyte. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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saprophyte

noun
sap·​ro·​phyte | \ ˈsap-rə-ˌfīt How to pronounce saprophyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of saprophyte

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

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