phyto-, phyt-, -phyte

(Greek: a plant; growth; growing in a specified way or place; to produce)

A plant that has specialized structures for sheltering ants or termites, or having a mutual interdependence with ants or termites.
A shrub, or plant, under two meters in height.
The consumption of dead plant materials
Feeding on dead plant material.
Feeding on dead plant material.
neophyte (s) (noun), neophytes (pl)
1. A recent convert to a religion; a name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to those who have recently embraced the Christian faith: In the book Dick was reading, little Susan was a neophyte and new in the church and was being taught by answering questions about her religion.
2. Someone who is a beginner or a novice who starts to do something that he or she has not done before: Betty was a complete neophyte at playing the piano, having had her very first lesson that day!
Anyone who starts to do something new.
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A person who has not learned to do the right thing.
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1. Any pathogenic vegetable organism.
2. A plant microorganism that can give rise to pathologic conditions in humans or other hosts.
A plant living on banks.
ombrophyte (s) (noun); ombrophyta, ombrophytes (pl)
Plants that are adapted to rainy conditions or habitats: Usually ombrophytes absorb rainwater by aerial assimilation through specialized structures.
orophyte, orophytes
A subalpine plant or plants.
A reference to a subalpine plant.