xeric

[ zeer-ik ]
/ ˈzɪər ɪk /
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adjective

of, relating to, or adapted to a dry environment.

Nearby words

  1. xenotropic virus,
  2. xeranthemum,
  3. xerarch,
  4. xerasia,
  5. xeres,
  6. xeriscaping,
  7. xero-,
  8. xerochilia,
  9. xeroderma,
  10. xeroderma pigmentosum

Origin of xeric

1926; < Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ic1

Related formsxe·ri·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for xeric

xeric

/ (ˈzɪərɪk) /

adjective

ecology of, relating to, or growing in dry conditions
Derived Formsxerically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for xeric

xeric

adj.

1926; see xero- + -ic.

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Science definitions for xeric

xeric

[ zĕrĭk, zîr- ]

Relating or adapted to an extremely dry habitat. Succulents such as cacti, aloes, and agaves are xeric plants. Compare hydric mesic.
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