Definition of xerophile in US English:

xerophile

noun

Zoology Botany
  • See xerophilous

    • ‘The xerophiles are typical for the most part of the mammal populations of the Lesser Caucasus.’
    • ‘Low altitude dry (xerophile) vegetation is found relatively close to the littoral zone where the habitat is characterised by strong droughts.’
    • ‘Species of the Rosa gender, box trees in basophile and xerophile beech groves.’
    • ‘The research thus far has been very exciting, and I feel that we are laying very practical groundwork for building infrastructure to support the use of xerophile and native plants in Jordan.’
    • ‘Schwartz and Henderson described L. semilineatus as a xerophile associated with gravelly or rocky areas.’

Pronunciation

xerophile

/ˈzi(ə)rəˌfīl/