xeric

[ zeer-ik ]
/ ˈzɪər ɪk /

adjective

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

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Origin of xeric

First recorded in 1925–30; from Greek xēr(ós) “dry” + -ic (def. 3)

OTHER WORDS FROM xeric

xe·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 forms of xeric

xerically, adverb
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Scientific 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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