xerophyte

noun

xe·​ro·​phyte ˈzir-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce xerophyte (audio)
: a plant adapted for life and growth with a limited water supply
xerophytic adjective

Examples of xerophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cotton is a xerophyte (a drought-tolerant plant adapted to survive in drier and more arid climates). Brooke Roberts-Islam, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xerophyte was in 1897

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“Xerophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xerophyte. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

xerophyte

noun
xe·​ro·​phyte ˈzir-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce xerophyte (audio)
: a plant (as an agave, cactus, sagebrush, or yucca) suited for growth in dry or desert conditions
xerophytic adjective

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