tropophilous

adjective
tro·​poph·​i·​lous | \ trōˈpäfələs \
variants: or less commonly tropophil \ ˈträpəˌfil \

Definition of tropophilous

: physiologically adjusted to or thriving in an environment that undergoes marked periodic changes (as in temperature, soil moisture, or available light)

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First Known Use of tropophilous

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tropophilous

trop- + -philous or -phil

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“Tropophilous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tropophilous. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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