epiphytic

epiphyte

[ep-uh-fahyt]
noun Botany.
a plant that grows above the ground, supported nonparasitically by another plant or object, and deriving its nutrients and water from rain, the air, dust, etc.; air plant; aerophyte.

Origin:
1840–50; epi- + -phyte

epiphytic [ep-uh-fit-ik] , epiphytical, adjective
epiphytically, adverb
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epiphyte (ˈɛpɪˌfaɪt)
 
n
a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic on it
 
epiphytic
 
adj
 
epi'phytal
 
adj
 
epi'phytical
 
adj
 
epi'phytically
 
adv

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epiphyte
from Gk. epi upon + phyton plant (see phyto-).
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epiphyte   (ěp'ə-fīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes. Also called aerophyte, air plant.

epiphytic adjective (ěp'ə-fĭt'ĭk)
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