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xerophilous

[zi-rof-uh-luh s] /zɪˈrɒf ə ləs/
adjective
1.
Botany. growing in or adapted to dry, especially dry and hot, regions.
2.
Zoology. living or flourishing in a dry environment.
Origin of xerophilous
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; xero- + -philous
Related forms
xerophily, noun
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  • There is no cultivation on the plain, which is to a large extent covered with long sarpat grass and other xerophilous plants.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for xerophilous

xerophilous

/zɪˈrɒfɪləs/
adjective
1.
(of plants or animals) adapted for growing or living in dry surroundings
Derived Forms
xerophile (ˈzɪərəʊˌfaɪl) noun
xerophily, noun
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