noun, often capitalized
xeri·​scape | \ ˈzir-ə-ˌskāp How to pronounce xeriscape (audio) , ˈzer- How to pronounce xeriscape (audio) \

Definition of xeriscape

: a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (such as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation)

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Xēros is the Greek word for "dry" that is the base for a handful of English words related to mainly dry printing (xerography) and dry, or xerophilous, habitats and their plants. In the early 1980s, the Greek adjective was used to name a type of landscaping practiced primarily in the arid western regions of the United States. (The Water Department of Denver, Colorado, is credited with the coinage.) Xeriscape, as it is called, uses plants that require little water as well as techniques that efficiently use water and reduce evaporation.

Examples of xeriscape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Designing your own xeriscape from scratch can be complicated. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 For instance, grants went to property owners to replace lawns with artificial grass or drought-tolerant xeriscape, which already had been growing in popularity. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2021 Salvia farinacea appears in most deer-proof landscape plans, almost all butterfly and hummingbird garden plans and xeriscape plans for full sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 6 Aug. 2020 Tomatoes are not xeriscape plants, so keep them well watered. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 19 Mar. 2020 Note the median’s plantings: environmentally sustainable xeriscape. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2020 It is often used as a key part of xeriscape plantings in San Antonio. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 28 Nov. 2019 In addition to being a blooming machine, the Gold Star esperanza is a top xeriscape selection and is not eaten by deer in most situations. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 7 June 2019 About a third of an acre is devoted to water-saving xeriscape landscaping. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, 31 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of xeriscape

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Xeriscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xeriscape. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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