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adjective (1)

me·​sic ˈme-zik How to pronounce mesic (audio) ˈmē- How to pronounce mesic (audio)
: characterized by, relating to, or requiring a moderate amount of moisture
a mesic habitat
a mesic plant
compare hydric, xeric


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adjective (2)

: of or relating to a meson

Examples of mesic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There are good examples of mesic upland forest, dominated by beech and sugar maple, and dry-mesic upland forest, dominated by several species of oak and hickory. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2024 Both mesic and xeric air plants can thrive indoors, if under proper conditions. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 9 Mar. 2023 There are two types: A mesic air plant lives in rainforests and generally has dark green, curly leaves. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 18 Apr. 2023 The researchers found the lush mesic plot to be the coolest, thanks to the evapotranspiration of all of its water-demanding plants. WIRED, 23 Sep. 2022 There are wet prairies, the mesic prairies, and dry prairies. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 The seasons of drylands are dramatic and also different from mesic areas, with torrential showers in the monsoon season interrupted by prolonged droughts. Scientific American, 21 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Adjective (1)

mes- + -ic

Adjective (2)

meson + -ic

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mesic was in 1926

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“Mesic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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