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Related to photophilous: dimmed, candescence, shed light on, wither away


 (fō′tə-fĭl′ĭk) also pho·toph·i·lous (fō-tŏf′ə-ləs)
adj. Biology
Growing or functioning best in strong light.
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(fəʊˈtɒfələs) or


(Botany) (esp of plants) growing best in strong light
phoˈtophily n
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The Rayolet site is very heterogeneous, characterized by Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows, rocks covered with photophilous algae, some areas of gravel, and patches of sand.
Betula nana is a photophilous species, which prefers open spaces that are not overgrown by trees (Kruszelnicki & Fabiszewski 2001).