Xerophilous Xe*roph"i*lous, a. [Gr. ? dry + ? to love.] (Bot.) Drought-loving; able withstand the absence or lack of moisture. [1913 Webster]

Plants which are peculiarly adapted to dry climates are termed by De Candolle xerophilous. --Goodale. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • xerophilous — [zir äf′ə ləs] adj. [ XERO + PHILOUS] capable of thriving in a hot, dry climate, as certain plants and animals xerophily n …   English World dictionary

  • xerophilous — adjective Being able to thrive in dry weather. The cactus is very xerophilous …   Wiktionary

  • xerophilous — or xerophile adjective Date: 1863 thriving in or tolerant or characteristic of a xeric environment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • xerophilous — adj. [Gr. xeros, dry; philos, loving] Living in dry places …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • xerophilous — xerophily, n. /zi rof euh leuhs/, adj. 1. Bot. growing in or adapted to dry, esp. dry and hot, regions. 2. Zool. living or flourishing in a dry environment. [1860 65; XERO + PHILOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • xerophilous — [zɪə rɒfɪləs, zɛ ] adjective Botany & Zoology (of a plant or animal) adapted to a dry climate or habitat. Derivatives xerophile noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • xerophilous — xe·roph·i·lous …   English syllables

  • xerophilous — xe•roph•i•lous [[t]zɪˈrɒf ə ləs[/t]] adj. ecl (of an organism) adapted to a dry environment • Etymology: 1860–65 xe•roph′i•ly, n …   From formal English to slang

  • xerophilous — Drought loving, particularly pertaining to plants …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • xerophilous — /zəˈrɒfələs/ (say zuh rofuhluhs) adjective 1. Botany growing in or adapted to dry, especially dry and hot, regions. 2. Zoology living in dry situations. {xero + philous} –xerophily, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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