Etymology
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epiphyte (n.)

"plant which grows upon another plant," 1827, from epi- "upon" + -phyte "plant." Related: Epiphytal; epiphytous (1816).

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Definitions of epiphyte

epiphyte (n.)
plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it;
Synonyms: air plant / aerophyte / epiphytic plant
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