Also scle·ro·phyl·lous [skleer-uh-fil-uh s] /ˌsklɪər əˈfɪl əs/. of, relating to, or exhibiting sclerophylly.


a plant exhibiting sclerophylly.

Origin of sclerophyll

First recorded in 1910–15; sclero- + -phyll Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sclerophyllous



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

Word Origin for sclerophyll

C20: from Greek sklēros hard + phullon a leaf
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