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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 of sclerophylly
1900-1905
1900-05; sclero- + -phyll + -y3
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