One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant or animal) adapted to a very dry climate or habitat, or to conditions where moisture is scarce.
- ‘Everywhere one feels the influence of the Mediterranean and particularly on the specific xerophilous flora and fauna of the region.’
- ‘Mexico's xerophilous thickets and semi-desert pastures are located in arid and semi-arid areas that account for half of our national territory.’
- ‘The concentration of the highest estimates of genetic variation in northwestern Venezuela suggests a potential reservoir of plant genetic diversity within xerophilous ecosystems in northern South America.’
- ‘Sand dunes and higher river terraces were still preserved at that time and supported xerophilous vegetation.’
- ‘While some xerophilous grasshoppers became scarce within the shelterbelt system, others, e.g. Calliptamus italicus, increased in importance.’
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