Definition of rheophile in English:

rheophile

adjective

Botany Zoology
  • Of an organism: that inhabits or prefers an environment of (especially rapidly) flowing water. Contrasted with rheophobic.

noun

Botany Zoology
  • A rheophile organism. Contrasted with rheophobe.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language. From rheo- + -phile, after either Russian reofil or German rheophil (R. Lauterborn 1902, perhaps independently of Ivanov's use).

Pronunciation

rheophile

/ˈriːəfʌɪl/