[free-at-uh-fahyt] /friˈæt əˌfaɪt/

a long-rooted plant that absorbs its water from the water table or the soil above it.
a plant having very long roots that reach down to the water table or the layer above it
A deep-rooted plant that obtains water from a permanent ground supply or from the water table, such as many tamarisk species. Phreatophytes are often found in arid environments.


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