Definition of metaphyte in US English:

metaphyte

noun

Biology
  • A multicellular plant.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Nature: a weekly journal of science. From meta- + -phyte, after German Metaphyt (Haeckel Natürliche Schöpfungs-Geschichte (ed. 7) II. xix. 460).

Pronunciation

metaphyte

/ˈmɛtəfʌɪt/