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English definition of “epiphyte”


noun [C] uk   /ˈep.ɪ.faɪt/ specialized us  
a plant that grows on another plant but does not feed from it, for example some mossesPlants and animals - general words
adjective uk   /ep.ɪˈfɪt.ɪk/ us    /-ˈfɪt̬-/
epiphytic orchidsPlants and animals - general words
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