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 History of this Word

"phyte" is from "phuein" (to make grow) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
holophytic
geophyte
neophyte
zoophyte

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-phyte" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates plant or pathological growth. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-phyte illustration This is just one example, of a bone spur or osteophyte.
-phyte illustration In some xerophytic plants, the leaves may be highly reduced in size.