cryophyte

cryophyte

[krahy-uh-fahyt]
noun
1.
any plant, as certain algae, mosses, fungi, and bacteria, that grows on ice or snow.
2.
any low-growing, succulent, blooming plant of the genus Cryophytum (or Mesembryanthemum ), certain species of which form extensive mats along the southwestern coasts of the U.S.

Origin:
1905–10; cryo- + -phyte

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cryophyte (ˈkraɪəˌfaɪt)
 
n
an organism, esp an alga or moss, that grows on snow or ice

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