a long-rooted plant that absorbs its water from the water table or the soil above it.

1915–20; < Greek phreat- (see phreatic) + -o- + -phyte

phreatophytic [free-at-uh-fit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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phreatophyte (frɪˈætəfaɪt)
a plant having very long roots that reach down to the water table or the layer above it
[C20: from Greek phrear a well + -phyte]

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phreatophyte   (frē-āt'ə-fīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A deep-rooted plant that obtains water from a permanent ground supply or from the water table, such as many tamarisk species. Phreatophytes are often found in arid environments.
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