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sclerophylly

[skleer-uh-fil-ee] /ˈsklɪər əˌfɪl i/
noun, Botany
1.
the normal development of much sclerenchyma in the leaves of certain plants, as some desert plants, resulting in thickened, hardened foliage that resists loss of moisture.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; sclero- + -phyll + -y3
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