Saprophyte definitions

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An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.
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Any organism that lives on dead or decaying organic matter, as some fungi and bacteria.
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An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.
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An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that lives on and gets its nourishment from dead organisms or decaying organic material. Saprophytes recycle organic material in the soil, breaking it down into in simpler compounds that can be taken up by other organisms.
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Any organism that lives on dead organic matter, as certain fungi and bacteria.
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Origin of saprophyte

sapro- (“putrid matter") +"Ž -phyte (“plant, growth")