One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woody plant with evergreen leaves that are tough and thick in order to reduce water loss.
- ‘A higher mesophyll resistance in woody plants than in herbs, and in sclerophylls than in mesophytes, has been reported.’
- ‘Evergreen sclerophylls and drought semi-deciduous shrubs that shed their leaves during dry periods are the dominant plants in this region.’
- ‘The arid scenery rushed past me, sclerophyll trees and forests speeding by the window at what seemed a rate of knots.’
- ‘Evergreen sclerophylls are regarded as one of the most typical components of the Mediterranean-type vegetation.’
- ‘As settlement spread inland, vast forests of eucalypts and other sclerophylls were discovered, but no further easily worked species.’
Early 20th century: from Greek sklēros ‘hard’ + phullon ‘leaf’.
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