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From New Latin hysterophytum, from Ancient Greek ὑστέρα (hustéra, womb, figuratively the earth) + φυτόν (phutón, plant). Equivalent to hystero- +‎ -phyte.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhɪstəɹəfaɪt/


hysterophyte (plural hysterophytes)

  1. (botany) A plant or fungus that lives on dead or living organic matter.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hysterophyte in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)