allotroph (plural allotrophs)
- (rare) Synonym of
- 1970, Stephen H. Dole, Habitable Planets for Man, page 142:
- A living thing using only inorganic materials as food, as opposed to heterotrophs, allotrophs, parasites, or saprophytes, which depend on other organisms for nutrition.
- 1974, Roger Pearson, Introduction to Anthropology, page 39:
- [We see the] plants as synthesizing autotrophs, extracting energy from light and storing it in organic form, and the animals as predatory allotrophs, consuming organic material in order to secure energy, […]
- 1978, Israel Journal of Entomology, volumes 12-14, page 138:
- It is possible that at a young age these secondary host plants (allotrophs) have a similar chemistry to that of the primary hosts that is also attractant and palatable for the beetles. It is also possible that the allotrophs are actually phytochemically […]
- Allotrophe is rare; indeed, it occurs as a misspelling of allotrope (even in college-level reference works) almost as often as it occurs as asynonym of heterotroph.
heterotroph — see heterotroph
- ^ For example, Barron's how to prepare for the college-level examination program (CLEP), general examinations (1990), page 488: Chemical elements often exist in different forms and these are called allotrophs.