cryophyte


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cryophyte

(ˈkraɪəˌfaɪt)
n
(Biology) an organism, esp an alga or moss, that grows on snow or ice

cry•o•phyte

(ˈkraɪ əˌfaɪt)

n.
1. any plant that grows on ice or snow, as certain algae, mosses, fungi, and bacteria.
2. any low-growing plant of the genus Cryophytum, certain species of which form extensive mats along coastal lands.
[1905–10]