[zi-rof-uh-luh s]


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

Historical Examples of 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



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