Main definitions of mesic in English

: mesic1mesic2

mesic1

Pronunciation: /ˈmɛzɪk//ˈmiːzɪk/

adjective

Ecology
  • (of an environment or habitat) containing a moderate amount of moisture:

    ‘mesic tundras’
    Compare with hydric and xeric
    • ‘Cardamine impatiens exhibits potential to be an invasive weed and should be carefully monitored, especially in susceptible hydric to mesic habitats.’
    • ‘Species of all four families in which pit membranes are present occur in highly mesic or bog habitats.’
    • ‘Perhaps Pliolemmus preferred very mesic environments, or was at least semi-aquatic.’
    • ‘Because desert larks appear to have low reproductive rates, it may be that they also have low mortality rates compared with larks in more mesic environments, an idea we are currently testing.’
    • ‘Plants growing in more mesic habitats have larger C-values than those growing in drier ones.’
    • ‘One can hypothesize that Clethraceae, Cyrillaceae, and Sarraceniaceae have had an unbroken history of occupancy of mesic or bog habitats that are relatively constant in water availability throughout the year.’
    • ‘Subzones are defined by the vegetation typical of mesic environments at low elevations and the dominant growth forms of vegetation in these environments.’
    • ‘Trillium grandiflorum inhabits mesic habitats, where herbaceous cover is dense relative to drier, less fertile sites.’
    • ‘The southern transect spanned principally xeric habitats, whereas the eastern crossed mesic forest.’
    • ‘Many of the mesic habitats within the gorges support spectacular spring and early summer floral displays due to an abundance of wildflowers common to this region.’
    • ‘The two riparian populations occupy mesic habitats where prey is abundant and favorable thermal conditions allow for extended foraging periods.’
    • ‘One would expect a greater density of native birds in mesic habitats.’
    • ‘The plants occurred in mesic wooded habitats as well as rocky sandbars of Halls Creek, and the sandy shore of the Little Miami River.’
    • ‘From there, other authors suggested that angiosperms moved into disturbed streamside habitats in mesic environments.’
    • ‘Woodland sites occur in mesic forests, often associated with streams and trails, where the clover is exposed to indirect sunlight.’
    • ‘In the proposed Burke Branch Wilderness, for instance, visitors can discover six-foot-tall cinnamon ferns, the rare whorled pogonia, and the last known mesic barren in North America.’
    • ‘The species also typically occupies less weedy habitats in slightly more mesic conditions than R. recognita.’
    • ‘Hangingflies usually occur in mesic habitats, including stream margins, slowly flying short distances and sometimes sipping nectar from blossoms.’
    • ‘The broadly distributed woodlouse, Armadillidium vulgare is a common representative of mesic to mesic-xeric habitats.’
    • ‘In the Hawaiian Islands, they have colonized most habitat-types, including high mesic, arid coastal, and cloud forest areas.’

Origin

1920s: from Greek mesos middle + -ic.

Pronunciation:

mesic

/ˈmɛzɪk//ˈmiːzɪk/

Main definitions of mesic in English

: mesic1mesic2

mesic2

Pronunciation: /ˈmɛzɪk//ˈmiːzɪk/

adjective

Physics
  • 1Relating to a meson.

    1. 1.1 Denoting a system analogous to an atom in which a meson takes the place of either an orbital electron or the nucleus.

Pronunciation:

mesic

/ˈmɛzɪk//ˈmiːzɪk/