Adjective "xeric" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈzɪərɪk//ˈzɛrɪk/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of an environment or habitat) containing little moisture; very dry.
  1. 'Todies occupy virtually all forested habitats on the island of Puerto Rico, from the relatively cool rain forests of the northeastern mountains to the hot xeric scrub forests of the southwest coast.'
  2. 'Males are more common in harsher environments, such as xeric, nutrient-poor or shaded conditions.'
  3. 'Although apogamy is an adaptation that enables reproduction in xeric environments, cheilanthoid ferns possess xeromorphic adaptations that explain their survival in xeric habitats.'

Definitions

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

More examples(as adjective)

"wells can be xeric."

"oils can be xeric."

"interests can be xeric."

"chiefs can be xeric."

Origin

1920s: from xero- ‘dry’ + -ic.