Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix A plant with a specified character or habitat: halophyte.
  • suffix A pathological growth: osteophyte.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix A taxonomic group of plants or algae, e.g. arthrophyte, cyanophyte.
  • suffix A plant that grows in a specified habitat, e.g. acrophyte.
  • suffix A plant that grows in a specified form or habit, e.g. anthophyte, macrophyte.
  • suffix A pathological growth, e.g. osteophyte.

Etymologies

From Greek phuton, plant, from phuein, to make grow; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phuton, "plant"). (Wiktionary)

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