Definition of saprotroph in English:

saprotroph

noun

Biology
  • An organism that feeds on or derives nourishment from decaying organic matter.

    • ‘In contrast to ciliates, Opalina combined large cell size and the need for fast growth by evolving numerous genetically equivalent nuclei per cell (like siphoneous algae and many hyphal saprotrophs - fungi and pseudofungi).’
    • ‘Fungal endophytes and saprotrophs generally play an important ecological role within plant tissues and dead plant material.’

Origin

Back-formation from saprotrophic.

Pronunciation

saprotroph

/ˈsaprə(ʊ)trəʊf//saprə(ʊ)ˈtrɒf/