Definition of macrophyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakrəˌfīt/


A plant, especially an aquatic plant, large enough to be seen by the naked eye.
Example sentences
  • The distribution of aquatic macrophytes in shallow lakes is related in various ways to the physical characteristics of the lakes and their bottom sediments.
  • The sewage lagoons provided a very localized but relatively species-rich ecosystem, which acted as a cutrophic oasis of algae and aquatic macrophytes and benefited birds at several trophic levels.
  • Sessile aquatic macrophytes, however, cannot maintain the same well-defined three-dimensional structure because of the strong drag and shear forces of moving water.

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Syllabification: mac·ro·phyte

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