autophyte

au•to•phyte
[[t]ˈɔ təˌfaɪt[/t]] n.
ecl any organism that synthesizes its own food, as a photosynthetic plant
Compare heterophyte
Etymology: 1930–35 au`to•phyt′ic -ˈfɪt ɪk adj. au`to•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • autophyte — au·to·phyte …   English syllables

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  • autophytic — adjective of or relating to organisms (as green plants) that can make complex organic nutritive compounds from simple inorganic sources by photosynthesis • Syn: ↑autotrophic • Ant: ↑heterotrophic (for: ↑autotrophic) • Pertains to noun: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • autophytic plant — noun plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances • Syn: ↑autophyte, ↑autotroph, ↑autotrophic organism • Derivationally related forms: ↑autophytic (for: ↑autophyte) …   Useful english dictionary

  • autotroph — noun plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances • Syn: ↑autophyte, ↑autophytic plant, ↑autotrophic organism • Derivationally related forms: ↑autophytic (for: ↑autophyte) …   Useful english dictionary

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