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