American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See epiphyte.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant unconnected with the ground and apparently living on air: applied to epiphytes, but usually not to parasites. Many epiphytic orchids in cultivation are popularly so named.
- n. epiphyte
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an aërophyte.
- n. plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
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