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cryophyte

[krahy-uh-fahyt] /ˈkraɪ əˌfaɪt/
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
1905-1910
1905-10; cryo- + -phyte
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British Dictionary definitions for cryophyte

cryophyte

/ˈkraɪəˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
an organism, esp an alga or moss, that grows on snow or ice
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