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[mez-ik, mes-, mee-zik, -sik]
  1. of, relating to, or adapted to an environment having a balanced supply of moisture.
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Origin of mesic1

First recorded in 1925–30; mes- + -ic
Related formsmes·i·cal·ly, adverb


[mee-zik, -sik, mez-ik, mes-]
adjective Physics.
  1. of or relating to a meson; mesonic.
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Origin of mesic2

First recorded in 1935–40; mes(on) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for mesic


  1. of, relating to, or growing in conditions of medium water supplymesic plants
  2. of or relating to a meson
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Derived Formsmesically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mesic


1926, in ecology sense, from Greek mesos "middle" (see meso-) + -ic. From 1939 in physics (from meson).

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mesic in Science


[mĕzĭk, mĕs-, mēzĭk, -sĭk]
  1. Relating or adapted to a moderately moist habitat. The sugar maple, white ash, and basswood are mesic plants. Compare hydric xeric.
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