Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant adapted to climatic conditions in which periods of heavy rainfall alternate with periods of drought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant that lives in an environment in which heavy rainfall alternates with periods of drought

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In phytogeography, a plant suited to a climate alternately damp and dry or cold (the effect of cold being similar to that of dryness): used by Schimper (1898) in place of mesophyte (Warming), but with different connotation.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek τροπή ("turning") + -phyte (Wiktionary)

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