- Botany. growing in or adapted to dry, especially dry and hot, regions.
- Zoology. living or flourishing in a dry environment.
Origin of xerophilous
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Examples from the Web for xerophilous
There is no cultivation on the plain, which is to a large extent covered with long sarpat grass and other xerophilous plants.Jungle Folk
- (of plants or animals) adapted for growing or living in dry surroundings
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