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
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.
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- noun botany A
plantor fungusthat lives on dead or living organic matter.
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Ancient Greek ὑστέρα ("womb, figuratively the earth") + -phyte
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