One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially of a swamp, fen, or peatland: fed chiefly by ground and surface water and hence supplied with dissolved minerals.
1960s; earliest use found in Ecology. From German minerotroph (G. E. du Rietz in Vegetatio 5–6 573; from miner- (in Mineral) + -o- + -troph: see trophic) + -ic.
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