heterophyte[het′ər ō fīt′]
heterophyte definition by Webster's New World
a plant which obtains its food from other plants or animals, living or dead
Origin: hetero- plush -phyte
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- heterophytic adjective
heterophyte definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A plant, such as a parasite or saprophyte, that obtains its nourishment from other living or dead organisms.
- hetˌer·o·phytˈic adjective
heterophyte - Science Definition
A plant that obtains its nourishment from other living or dead organisms. For example, Indian pipe is a pale white plant without chlorophyll that obtains its nutrition from fungal symbionts. See also heterotroph.