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phreatophyte

Line breaks: phre¦ato|phyte
Pronunciation: /frɪˈatəfʌɪt
 
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Definition of phreatophyte in English:

noun

Botany
A plant with a deep root system that draws its water supply from near the water table.
Example sentences
  • This and other species of Prosopis are considered as facultative phreatophytes, i.e. with roots that can take water from shallow and deep soil horizons.
  • Diurnal water table fluctuations can be considered a diagnostic indicator of groundwater consumption by phreatophytes at most sites.

Origin

1920s: from Greek phrear, phreat- 'a well' + -phyte.

Derivatives

phreatophytic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The growth and survival of this species rely on access to deep water tables such as those occurring on river banks (phreatophytic habit).
  • We explored this biogeochemical transfer and its influence on soils in phreatophytic eucalypt plantations and native grasslands of the Pampas (Argentina).

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