from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that grows on and derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any organism that lives on dead organic matter, as certain fungi and bacteria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant growing on decayed animal or vegetable matter, as most fungi and some flowering plants with no green color, as the Indian pipe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a plant that grows on decaying vegetable matter, as many species of fungi, the Indian-pipe, etc. Also called humus-plant. See hysterophyte and Fungi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium


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sapro- (“putrid matter”) + -phyte (“plant, growth”)



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  • sap + ROPHYTE = muthaeffin' bingo.

    October 14, 2008