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An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter. Also called saprobe.
sap′ro·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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|Adj.||1.||saprophytic - obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material|
|2.||saprophytic - (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter|
Fungi, fungus kingdom, kingdom Fungi - the taxonomic kingdom including yeast, molds, smuts, mushrooms, and toadstools; distinct from the green plants
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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