from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In botany, a plant that grows on decaying vegetable matter, as many species of fungi, the Indian-pipe, etc. Also called
humus-plant. See hysterophyteand Fungi.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) Any plant growing on decayed animal or vegetable matter, as most fungi and some flowering plants with no green color, as the Indian pipe.
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- noun Any
organismthat lives on dead organicmatter, as certain fungiand bacteria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium
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Reminded me very much of Pier’s Anthony’s discourse on fungi in I think Omnivore, where I saw the word saprophyte for the first time.
Her education, week after week, consisted of mindless memorization of big words like "batholith" and "saprophyte" - words that an average Ph.D. scientist wouldn't know.
Something about proletarian revolution among the saprophyte inhabitants of a floating city made of whale barf.
Technically a bad fungus would be a parasite and a good fungus would be a saprophyte.
The fungus has a wide host range and can survive as a saprophyte in the soil, which makes it difficult to control.
Ganoderma lucidum, starts as a saprophyte on nearby decaying stumps and then becomes a parasite on living trees by entering through wounds.
In it sprouted last year's saprophyte seeds, salt and alcohol in their tissues to prevent freezing, and covered the rocks with ocherous and purple patches.
Growing on decayed tree stumps I frequently found a saprophyte
It is a parasite or saprophyte, and entirely destitute of chlorophyll, being pure white throughout.
One is that it was imported from the Orient, another, that it is a saprophyte, a fungus which has lived normally upon dead organic matter, but which has taken on the parasitic form, which develops on living organisms.