A suffix is a word ending that changes the meaning of the word it is attached to. The suffix ‘phyte’ is a very common suffix in the English language. It is derived from the Greek word ‘phyton’ which means plant.
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The suffix ‘phyte’ is used to describe plants that have certain characteristics. For example, a ‘chasmophyte’ is a plant that grows in cracks and crevices, a ‘hematophyte’ is a plant that grows in blood, an ‘epiphyte’ is a plant that grows on another plant, a ‘holosaprophyte’ is a plant that obtains all of its nutrients from dead organic material, and a ‘hydrophyte’ is a plant that grows in or near water.
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This article page provides a comprehensive list of words with the suffix ‘phyte’. The words are arranged by common usage and there are a total of 113 words in the list.
The words arranged in the lists below are in order of frequency of use, from left to right and down.