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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Definitions for xeric

  1. of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment.

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Citations for xeric
Tegene pointed out the subtle contouring that gradually ascended toward xeric slopes, where Lynden's army planted many surprises amidst the dry vegetation. Robert Luis Rabello, The Long Journey
The range of plants selected tolerate this xeric, or very dry, regimen quite well. Steven L. Cantor, Green Roofs in Sustainable Landscape Design
Origin of xeric
1926
Xeric, a relatively young word, was coined by ecologists W.S. Cooper and A.O. Weese in 1926 to replace the word xerophytic for a lack of moisture in both plants and animals.