One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant that thrives in sand or sandy soil. Later also: an animal that lives in sand, or in a sandy habitat.
Growing or living in sand or sandy soil; = psammophilous.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederic A. Lees (1847–1921). From psammo- + -phile, perhaps after French psammophile, adjective.
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