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allotroph (plural allotrophs)
- (rare) Synonym of
- 1970, Stephen H. Dole, Habitable Planets for Man, page 142:
- A living thing using only inorganic materials as food, as opposed to heterotrophs, allotrophs, parasites, or saprophytes, which depend on other organisms for nutrition.
1974, Roger Pearson, Introduction to Anthropology, page 39:
- [We see the] plants as synthesizing autotrophs, extracting energy from light and storing it in organic form, and the animals as predatory allotrophs, consuming organic material in order to secure energy, […]
- 1978, Israel Journal of Entomology, volumes 12-14, page 138:
- It is possible that at a young age these secondary host plants (allotrophs) have a similar chemistry to that of the primary hosts that is also attractant and palatable for the beetles. It is also possible that the allotrophs are actually phytochemically […]
- Allotrophe is rare; indeed, it occurs as a misspelling of allotrope (even in college-level reference works) almost as often as it occurs as asynonym of heterotroph.
heterotroph — see heterotroph
- ^ For example, Barron's how to prepare for the college-level examination program (CLEP), general examinations (1990), page 488: Chemical elements often exist in different forms and these are called allotrophs.