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saprophyte (săp´rəfīt´), any plant that depends on dead plant or animal tissue for a source of nutrition and metabolic energy, e.g., most fungi (molds) and a few flowering plants, such as Indian pipe and some orchids. Most saprophytes do not produce chlorophyll and therefore do not photosynthesize; they are thus dependent on the food energy they absorb from the decaying tissues, which they help to break down.

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sap·ro·phyte / ˈsaprəˌfīt/ • n. Biol. a plant, fungus, or microorganism that lives on dead or decaying organic matter. DERIVATIVES: sap·ro·phyt·ic / ˌsaprəˈfitik/ adj. sap·ro·phyt·i·cal·ly / -ik(ə)lē/ adv. .

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saprophyte (sap-roh-fyt) n. any free-living organism that lives and feeds on the dead and putrefying tissues of animals or plants. Compare parasite.
saprophytic (sap-roh-fit-ik) adj.

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saprophyte Plant that obtains its food from dead or decaying plant or animal tissue. Generally, it has no chlorophyll. Included are most fungi and some flowering plants.

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saprophyte See saprotroph.

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saprophyte See SAPROTROPH.

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saprophyte See SAPROTROPH.

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saprophyte •graphite • prizefight • dogfight •cockfight • neophyte • saprophyte •bullfight • gunfight • firefight •gesundheit • Fahrenheit • malachite •blatherskite

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