saprophyte

NOUN
  1. an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium
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How To Use saprophyte In A Sentence

  • One is that it was imported from the Orient, another, that it is a saprophyte, a fungus which has lived normally upon dead organic matter, but which has taken on the parasitic form, which develops on living organisms. Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting Ithaca, New York, December 14 and 15, 1911
  • The fermentative saprophyte is as absolutely essential to the setting up of destructive rotting or putrescence in a putrescible fluid as the torula is to the setting up of alcoholic fermentation in a saccharine fluid. Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888
  • They are members of the bacterioplankton and enteric microbiota of vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as saprophytes in marine environments in wounds and on the surfaces of dead animals.
  • Saprobe ( saprophyte ) An organism that derives its nourishment by absorbing the products or remains of other organisms.
  • The fungus has a wide host range and can survive as a saprophyte in the soil, which makes it difficult to control. Chapter 25
  • Something about proletarian revolution among the saprophyte inhabitants of a floating city made of whale barf. Squidpawned
  • A facultative parasite can exist as a parasite or a saprophyte.
  • Her education, week after week, consisted of mindless memorization of big words like "batholith" and "saprophyte" - words that an average Ph.D. scientist wouldn't know. Why My Kids Hate Science
  • While the leaf was young and healthy, many other fungal colonists - the true saprophytes (organisms living on dead or decaying matter) - remained quiescent.
  • a facultative parasite can exist as a parasite or a saprophyte
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