Definition of sciophilous in US English:

sciophilous

(also skiaphilous, skiophilous, sciaphilous)

adjective

Botany
  • Preferring or thriving in a shaded habitat; especially (of a plant or plant community) growing best in shade.

Origin

Early 20th century. From scio- + -philous. Compare scientific Latin Sciophila.

Pronunciation

sciophilous

/sʌɪˈɒfɪləs/