Definition of mycotrophic in English:

mycotrophic

adjective

Botany
  • (of a plant) living in association with a mycorrhiza or another fungus that appears to improve the uptake of nutrients.

    • ‘Table 2 shows a list of plant species that we know are mycorrhizal, but which we can only assume to be mycotrophic.’
    • ‘Preliminary studies demonstrated that broomsedge is a highly mycotrophic species.’
    • ‘They increase soil organic content, improve microclimatic conditions and enhance the distribution of mycotrophic species.’
    • ‘Without mycotrophic host plants present on the site to colonize, airborne spores of indigenous mycorrhizae are unable to persist.’
    • ‘Here, 12 orchid species are distributed including four mycotrophic orchids (dependent on soil fungi for nutrients).’

Origin

1920s: from myco- of fungi + Greek trophē nourishment.

Pronunciation:

mycotrophic

/ˌmīkəˈträfik/