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Meaning of EPIPHYTE

Pronunciation:  'epu`fIt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it

EPIPHYTE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aerophyte, air plant, epiphytic plant
 See Also: aeschynanthus, black moss, Clusia insignis, flora, hemiepiphyte, long moss, old man's beard, plant, plant life, semiepiphyte, Spanish moss, strangler, strangler tree, Tillandsia usneoides, waxflower



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ep"i*phyte\, n. [Gr. 'epi` upon + fyto`n plant, ? to
grow: cf. F. ['e]piphyte.]
1. (Bot.) An air plant which grows on other plants, but does
   not derive its nourishment from them. See {Air plant}.

2. (Med.) A vegetable parasite growing on the surface of the

Biology Dictionary
  1. A plant that lives and grows on the outer surface of another organism, such as moss on trees.
  2. A plant growing on, but not parasitic on, another plant (often loosely applied to plants, such as orchids, that grow on vertical rock faces). Compare parasite, saprophyte.