Word of the DaySunday, February 24, 2013
\ZEER-ik\ , adjective;
of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment.
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
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.
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