Definition of Epiphyte

1. Noun. Plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it.




Definition of Epiphyte

1. n. An air plant which grows on other plants, but does not derive its nourishment from them. See Air plant.

Definition of Epiphyte

1. Noun. (botany) A plant that grows on another, using it as a physical support but neither obtaining nutrients from it nor causing it any damage if also offering no benefit; an air plant. ¹

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Definition of Epiphyte

1. a plant growing upon another plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Epiphyte

1. A plant growing on, but not parasitic on, another plant (often loosely applied to plants, such as orchids, that grow on vertical rock faces). Compare: parasite, saprophyte. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Epiphyte

epiphyses
epiphysial
epiphysial arrest
epiphysial aseptic necrosis
epiphysial cartilage
epiphysial eye
epiphysial line
epiphysial plate
epiphysiodesis
epiphysiolysis
epiphysiopathy
epiphysis
epiphysis cerebri
epiphysitis
epiphytal
epiphyte (current term)
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epiphytic plant
epiphytical
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epiphytism
epiphytisms
epiphytologies
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epiphytotic
epiphytotics
epiphænomena
epiphænomenon
epipial

Literary usage of Epiphyte

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1. Journal of a Tour Through the United States, and in Canada, Made During the by Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny (1843)
"... epiphyte—a very large plant of the arum kind, the Caladium pinnatifidum—a banis- teria—two species of bombax—and others quite new to me. ..."

2. The Cause and Prevention of Beri-beri by W. Leonard Braddon (1907)
"The agent must be, therefore, some ferment or parasite or epiphyte peculiar to padi. Sum of Positive Results.—The position so far established, then, ..."

3. Paxton's Flower Garden by John Lindley, Joseph Paxton, Thomas Baines (1884)
"[PLATE 97.] THE PURPLE-STAINED (l^ELIA PURPURATA.) A Magnificent Stove epiphyte, from ST. CATHARINE'S, in Brazil, belonging to the Order of ORCHIDS. ..."

4. The MAGAZINE of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and (1838)
"•cucullatum An epiphyte, with small white flowers; growing a fool high; ... An epiphyte ; growing a foot high ; with white flowers ; a native of India. Bot. ..."

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