a) an organism that lives and thrives under acidic conditions; a form of extremophile

The presence of this and other closely related Thermoplasmales suggests that these acidophiles are important contributors to acid mine drainage and may substantially impact iron and sulfur cycles.

b) a plant that will thrive in relatively acid soil

Examples of acid vegetation include specific plant associations dominated by heath, sphagnum moss and many other acidophile plants.

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