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/