cryptophyte

[krip-tuh-fahyt] /ˈkrɪp təˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
Botany. a plant that forms its reproductive structures, as corms or bulbs, underground or underwater.
2.
Biology, cryptomonad.
Origin
1900–05; crypto- + -phyte
Related forms
cryptophytic
[krip-tuh-fit-ik] /ˌkrɪp təˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
British Dictionary definitions for cryptophyte
cryptophyte (ˈkrɪptəˌfaɪt)
 
n
any perennial plant that bears its buds below the soil or water surface
 
cryptophytic
 
adj

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