xerophilous

[ zi-rof-uh-luh s ]
/ zɪˈrɒf ə ləs /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. xerography,
  2. xeroma,
  3. xeromenia,
  4. xeromorphic,
  5. xerophagy,
  6. xerophthalmia,
  7. xerophyte,
  8. xeroradiograph,
  9. xeroradiography,
  10. xerosere

Origin of xerophilous

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

Related formsxe·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

xerophilous

/ (zɪˈrɒfɪləs) /

adjective

(of plants or animals) adapted for growing or living in dry surroundings
Derived Formsxerophile (ˈzɪərəʊˌfaɪl), nounxerophily, noun

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