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

  • adj. Originating in a dry habitat, such as a rocky shore, cliff, or desert. Used of a sere.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to xerosere.
  • adj. Growing in dry places.


xer(o)- + Greek arkhē, beginning.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • "Xeriscape" is another member of this desiccated clan.

    According to Wikipedia,

    " Xeriscaping and xerogardening refers to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as climate patterns shift.

    The word xeriscaping is a portmanteau of xeros ξήρος (Greek for "dry") and landscaping, and xeriscape is used for this style of garden. Xeriscaping refers to a method of landscape design that minimizes water use."


    June 11, 2012