Definition of xeric in English:



  • (of an environment or habitat) containing little moisture; very dry.

    ‘xeric conditions’
    Compare with hydric and mesic
    • ‘Although apogamy is an adaptation that enables reproduction in xeric environments, cheilanthoid ferns possess xeromorphic adaptations that explain their survival in xeric habitats.’
    • ‘Todies occupy virtually all forested habitats on the island of Puerto Rico, from the relatively cool rain forests of the northeastern mountains to the hot xeric scrub forests of the southwest coast.’
    • ‘Communities range from xeric habitats such as scrub and scrubby flatwoods to hydric habitats such as floodplain forest and blackwater stream.’
    • ‘Males are more common in harsher environments, such as xeric, nutrient-poor or shaded conditions.’
    • ‘At this elevation, the dominant plant communities are pine-oak-juniper scrub in xeric areas and sycamore-cottonwood-walnut forest along the mesic creek bottoms.’
    • ‘The southern transect spanned principally xeric habitats, whereas the eastern crossed mesic forest.’


1920s: from xero- ‘dry’ + -ic.