hyperthermophile

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From hyper- +‎ thermophile.

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hyperthermophile (plural hyperthermophiles)

  1. (biology) An organism that lives and thrives in an extremely hot environment, such as a deep sea smoker vent; often a member of the Archaea.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA, p. 208:
      Meanwhile, scientists were finding even hardier microbes, now known as hyperthermophiles, which demand temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius or more.

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