Definition of sclerophyllous in US English:

sclerophyllous

adjective

Botany
  • See sclerophyll

    • ‘All experiments were conducted between June and July 2002 on 1-year-old leaves of P. laurocerasus (a broad-leaved sclerophyllous evergreen).’
    • ‘At higher elevations in the tropical alpine belt, sclerophyllous shrubs, tussock grasses, cushion plants, and giant rosette plants with marked scleromorphic features are the dominant life forms.’
    • ‘Common box is a sclerophyllous evergreen species that forms small trees or shrubs.’
    • ‘The latter zone refers to the sclerophyllous vegetation designated as Macchia.’
    • ‘It is a large, evergreen, sclerophyllous, leguminous tree of slow growth, great longevity and an extended flowering period.’

Pronunciation

sclerophyllous

/ˌskli(ə)rəˈfiləs/