Definition of sclerophyll in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsklɪərəfɪl/
Pronunciation: /ˈsklɛrəfɪl/


A woody plant with evergreen leaves that are tough and thick in order to reduce water loss.
Example sentences
  • Evergreen sclerophylls and drought semi-deciduous shrubs that shed their leaves during dry periods are the dominant plants in this region.
  • A higher mesophyll resistance in woody plants than in herbs, and in sclerophylls than in mesophytes, has been reported.
  • Evergreen sclerophylls are regarded as one of the most typical components of the Mediterranean-type vegetation.



Pronunciation: /sklɪəˈrɒfɪləs/
Example sentences
  • It is a large, evergreen, sclerophyllous, leguminous tree of slow growth, great longevity and an extended flowering period.
  • All experiments were conducted between June and July 2002 on 1-year-old leaves of P. laurocerasus (a broad-leaved sclerophyllous evergreen).
  • The latter zone refers to the sclerophyllous vegetation designated as Macchia.


Early 20th century: from Greek sklēros 'hard' + phullon 'leaf'.

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Line breaks: sclero|phyll

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