xeric

[zeer-ik]

Origin of xeric

1926; < Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ic1
Related formsxe·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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xeric

adjective
  1. ecology of, relating to, or growing in dry conditions
Derived Formsxerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for xeric
adj.

1926; see xero- + -ic.

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xeric in Science

xeric

[zĕrĭk, zîr-]
  1. 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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