from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, characterized by, or adapted to an extremely dry habitat.
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- adj. Said of an environment or habitat that is extremely dry, lacking humidity and water.
- adj. Said of an organism adapted to live in a very dry habitat.
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- adj. being deficient in moisture
She said more "xeric" plant species - ones that use less water - are available but they are deciduous, which means they drop leaves in the summer, or they are cactuses or succulents.
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In this post-apocalyptic diorama, they sleep swallowed in whatever clothes and blankets they own to avoid freezing to death; they cook in tin cans; their women bleed to death giving birth; their children die of diseases the modern world thought eradicated; their men are despondent; weather permitting, they trek over xeric dirt roads and down jarring mountain slopes for countless hours and miles to reach a paved road.
Municipalities and water utilities want people to go xeric, offering "cash-for-grass" incentives to homeowners who replace lawns with low-water-use gardens.
Soil slightly hilled around a spiraling path of stone serves as raised flower beds to help encourage drainage -- a critical element in xeric garden design, so that roots of dryness-loving plants don't sit in water.
Many xeric principles are simply common sense: Choose native plants rather than exotics, which can sometimes need lots of extra hosing.
It's on a hillside and has incredible diversity and is xeric.
The southern delineation follows the transition to moist forests and the northern delineation the transition to xeric desert.
Northern limits of this ecoregion are the xeric habitats of the Guajira area and dry forests of the Sinú Valley.
This arid region lies between two xeric scrub habitats, and has as its northern and eastern limits as the Caribbean Sea.
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