[ zeer-ik ]
/ ˈzɪər ɪk /
of, relating to, or adapted to a dry environment.
Origin of xeric
1926; < Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ic1
Related formsxe·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for xerically
/ (ˈzɪərɪk) /
ecology of, relating to, or growing in dry conditions
Derived Formsxerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for xerically
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Science definitions for xerically
[ zĕr′ĭk, 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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