Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Properly, a member of the Hysterophyta; a fungus of any kind; in common usage, any fungus growing upon organic matter, from which it derives its nourishment; a saprophyte.
  • noun In phytogeography, a herbaceous plant which does not elaborate its own nourishment, that is, a saprophyte or parasite: opposed to autophyte.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A plant, like the fungus, which lives on dead or living organic matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A plant or fungus that lives on dead or living organic matter.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek ὑστέρα ("womb, figuratively the earth") + -phyte

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