xerophyte

noun
xe·​ro·​phyte | \ ˈzir-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce xerophyte (audio) \

Definition of xerophyte

: a plant adapted for life and growth with a limited water supply

Other Words from xerophyte

xerophytic \ ˌzir-​ə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce xerophyte (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of xerophyte

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Xerophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xerophyte. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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