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xerophilous

[ zi-rof-uh-luhs ]
/ 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.
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Origin of xerophilous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM xerophilous

xe·roph·i·ly, noun
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How to use xerophilous in a sentence

  • 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 forms of xerophilous

xerophile (ˈzɪərəʊˌfaɪl), nounxerophily, noun
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