Etymology
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saprophytic (adj.)

"pertaining to or of the nature of a saprophyte or saprophytes," 1872; see saprophyte + -ic. Related: Saprophytically.

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Definitions of saprophytic

saprophytic (adj.)
obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material;
saprophytic (adj.)
(of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter;
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