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Definition of "xerophyte" []

  • A plant adapted to living in a dry arid habitat; a desert plant. (noun)
  • A xerophilous plant, such as a cactus (noun)

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Use "xerophyte" in a sentence
  • "The relicts of the xerophyte vegetation of Beringia in the Northeastern Asia."
  • "Shrub steppe is also common in this ecoregion comprised of xerophyte shrub and tree species of Spiraea, Caragana, Amygdalus, Lonicera."
  • "Another leafless Asclepiad, Periploca aphylla, which extends westwards to Arabia and Nubia and southwards to Sindh, is, like Boucerosia, a typical xerophyte adapted to a very dry soil and atmosphere."