Epiphyte
Epiphyte Ep"i*phyte, n. [Gr. 'epi` upon + fyto`n plant, ? to grow: cf. F. ['e]piphyte.] 1. (Bot.) An air plant which grows on other plants, but does not derive its nourishment from them. See {Air plant}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A vegetable parasite growing on the surface of the body.


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  • épiphyte — [ epifit ] adj. • 1839; lat. sav., du gr. epi « sur » et phuton « plante » ♦ Bot. Qui croît sur d autres plantes sans en tirer sa nourriture (opposé à parasite). Le lierre, les lianes sont des plantes épiphytes. Orchidée épiphyte, qui pousse sur… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Epiphyte — Épiphyte Des orchidées en compagnie de broméliacées ( Tillandsias sp. ) sur un arbre dans un jardin à Hawaii …   Wikipédia en Français

  • epiphyte — 1816 (implied in epiphytous), from EPI (Cf. epi ) upon + phyte plant (PHYTO (Cf. phyto )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • epiphyte — [ep′ə fīt΄] n. [ EPI + PHYTE] 1. a plant that grows on another plant but is not a parasite and produces its own food by photosynthesis, as certain orchids, mosses, and lichens; air plant 2. a plant parasitic on the external surface of an animal… …   English World dictionary

  • Épiphyte — Des orchidées en compagnie de broméliacées ( Tillandsias sp. ) sur un arbre dans un jardin à Hawaii …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Epiphyte — An epiphyte is an organism that grows upon or attaches to a living plant. Epiphyte is one of the subdivisions of the Raunkiær system. The term most commonly refers to higher plants, but epiphytic bacteria, fungi (epiphytic fungi), algae, lichens …   Wikipedia

  • epiphyte — noun Date: circa 1847 a plant that derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain and grows usually on another plant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • epiphyte — organisms growing on or associated with the substrate …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • epiphyte — epiphytic /ep euh fit ik/, epiphytical, adj. epiphytically, adv. /ep euh fuyt /, n. Bot. 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,… …   Universalium

  • epiphyte — noun A plant that grows on another, using it as a physical support but not obtaining nutrients from it; an air plant …   Wiktionary

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