from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plant, such as a tropical orchid or a staghorn fern, that grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients. Also called aerophyte, air plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant that grows on another, using it as a physical support but neither obtaining nutrients from it nor causing it any damage if also offering no benefit; an air plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An air plant which grows on other plants, but does not derive its nourishment from them. See air plant.
- n. A vegetable parasite growing on the surface of the body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a plant which grows upon another plant, but which does not, like a parasite, derive its nourishment from it.
- n. In zoology, a fungus parasitic on the skin and its appendages or on mucous surfaces of man and other animals, causing disease; a dermatophyte.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
From Ancient Greek ἐπιφύτον (epiphyton, "one [plant] that grows upon another plant"), from ἐπί (epi, "on top of") + φυτόν (phyton, "plant"), via -phyte. (Wiktionary)