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saprophyte (n.)

"bacteria or fungus that grows on decaying organic matter," 1867, from French, from Greek sapros "putrid, rotten" (see sapro-) + phyton "plant" (see -phyte). Related: Saprophytism.

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Definitions of saprophyte

saprophyte (n.)
an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium;
Synonyms: saprophytic organism
From wordnet.princeton.edu