[ zi-rof-uh-luh s ]
/ zɪˈrɒf ə ləs /


Botany. growing in or adapted to dry, especially dry and hot, regions.
Zoology. living or flourishing in a dry environment.

Origin of xerophilous

First recorded in 1860–65; xero- + -philous

OTHER WORDS FROM xerophilous

xe·roph·i·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for xerophilous

  • There is no cultivation on the plain, which is to a large extent covered with long sarpat grass and other xerophilous plants.

    Jungle Folk|Douglas Dewar

British Dictionary definitions for xerophilous

/ (zɪˈrɒfɪləs) /


(of plants or animals) adapted for growing or living in dry surroundings

Derived forms of xerophilous

xerophile (ˈzɪərəʊˌfaɪl), nounxerophily, noun
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