saprophyte defined in 1951 yearsaprophyte - saprophyte;
saprophyte - Organism which obtains organic matter in solution from dead and decaying tissues of plants or animals. Activities of innumerable saprophytic bacteria and fungi are of immense importance to life on this planet in making available to the living the carbon, nitrogen and other elements of the dead (and some, the yeasts, through their activities in producing alcohol, give us more immediate pleasure though questionable benefit). Compare with: Parasite.
near saprophyte in Knolik
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