from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See epiphyte.
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- n. epiphyte
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an aërophyte.
from The 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.
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
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Hemenway had not originally had an air plant section; the whole city was supplied from Great Blue Hill.