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mesophyte

[mez-uh-fahyt, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˈmɛz əˌfaɪt, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə-/
noun
1.
a plant growing under conditions of well-balanced moisture supply.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; meso- + -phyte
Related forms
mesophytic
[mez-uh-fit-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesophytes

mesophyte

/ˈmɛsəʊˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
any plant that grows in surroundings receiving an average supply of water
Derived Forms
mesophytic (ˌmɛsəʊˈfɪtɪk) adjective
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mesophytes in Science
mesophyte
  (měz'ə-fīt')   
A plant that grows in an environment having a moderate supply of water. Mesophytes tend to have root systems and vascular tissues that are well-developed, and many species can grow to great heights as a result. Most crop plants, grasses, and broad-leaved bushes and trees growing in temperate climates are mesophytes. Compare hydrophyte, xerophyte.

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