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saprophyte

sap·ro·phyte

saprophyte

 
pronunciation:
sae pr faIt
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part of speech: noun
definition: an organism, usu. a plant, that survives by consuming dead or decaying organic matter.
derivations: saprophytic (adj.), saprophytically (adv.)
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The word saprophyte contains the following part:
phyt, phyto, -phyte Greek root that means plant; plant growth