Definitions for xerophyteˈzɪər əˌfaɪt
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a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions.
Origin of xerophyte:
desert plant, xerophyte, xerophytic plant, xerophile, xerophilous plant(noun)
plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
Any plant suited for life in a habitat where water is scarce, such as in a desert or chaparral. Such plants may be succulent, have small or reduced leaves, or spines.
A desert plant
Origin: xero- + -phyte