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

  • n. A plant adapted to living in a dry arid habitat; a desert plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant suited for life in a habitat where water is scarce, such as in a desert or chaparral. Such plants may be succulent, have small or reduced leaves, or spines.
  • n. A desert plant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In phytogeography, a plant adapted to live under conditions of small available moisture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte


xero- + -phyte (Wiktionary)



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