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sclerophyll

[skleer-uh-fil]Botany
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adjective
  1. Also scle·ro·phyl·lous [skleer-uh-fil-uh s] /ˌsklɪər əˈfɪl əs/. of, relating to, or exhibiting sclerophylly.
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noun
  1. a plant exhibiting sclerophylly.
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Origin of sclerophyll

First recorded in 1910–15; sclero- + -phyll
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British Dictionary definitions for sclerophyll

sclerophyll

noun
  1. a woody plant with small leathery evergreen leaves that is the dominant plant form in certain hot dry areas, esp the Mediterranean region
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Derived Formssclerophyllous (sklɛˈrɒfɪləs), adjective

Word Origin

C20: from Greek sklēros hard + phullon a leaf
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