Definition of xeric in English:


Syllabification: xe·ric
Pronunciation: /ˈzi(ə)rik, ˈzer-


  • (Of an environment or habitat) containing little moisture; very dry. Compare with hydric and mesic1.
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    • The southern transect spanned principally xeric habitats, whereas the eastern crossed mesic forest.
    • Males are more common in harsher environments, such as xeric, nutrient-poor or shaded conditions.
    • Communities range from xeric habitats such as scrub and scrubby flatwoods to hydric habitats such as floodplain forest and blackwater stream.


1920s: from xero- 'dry' + -ic.

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