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sclerophylly

[skleer-uh-fil-ee]
noun Botany.
  1. the normal development of much sclerenchyma in the leaves of certain plants, as some desert plants, resulting in thickened, hardened foliage that resists loss of moisture.
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Origin of sclerophylly

First recorded in 1900–05; sclero- + -phyll + -y3
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