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xeric

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Pronunciation: /ˈzɪərɪk
 
, ˈzɛ-/

Definition of xeric in English:

adjective

Ecology
(Of an environment or habitat) containing little moisture; very dry: xeric conditions Compare with hydric and mesic1.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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