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xerophyte

[zeer-uh-fahyt] /ˈzɪər əˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
a plant adapted for growth under dry conditions.
Origin of xerophyte
1895-1900
1895-1900; xero- + -phyte
Related forms
xerophytic
[zeer-uh-fit-ik] /ˌzɪər əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
xerophytically, adverb
xerophytism
[zeer-uh-fahy-tiz-uh m, -fahy-tiz-] /ˈzɪər əˌfaɪ tɪz əm, -faɪˌtɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for xerophyte

xerophyte

/ˈzɪərəˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
a xerophilous plant, such as a cactus
Derived Forms
xerophytic (ˌzɪərəˈfɪtɪk) adjective
xerophytically, adverb
xerophytism, noun
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Word Origin and History for xerophyte
n.

1906, from xero- + Greek phyton "a plant" (see phyto-).

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xerophyte in Science
xerophyte
  (zîr'ə-fīt')   
A plant that is adapted to an arid environment. Many xerophytes have specialized tissues (usually nonphotosynthetic parenchyma cells) for storing water, as in the stems of cacti and the leaves of succulents. Others have thin, narrow leaves, or even spines, for minimizing water loss. Xerophyte leaves often have abundant stomata to maximize gas exchange during periods in which water is available, and the stomata are recessed in depressions, which are covered with fine hairs to help trap moisture in the air. Compare hydrophyte, mesophyte.

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