Characterized by a scanty supply of moisture (or tolerating or adapted to dry conditions). The word "xeric" is derived from "xeros," the Greek word for "dry." "Xeric" was coined in 1926 and was in common scientific usage by the 1940s.

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  • xeric — (adj.) 1926; see XERO (Cf. xero ) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • xeric — [zir′ik] adj. [< XERO + IC] 1. of, pertaining to, or having dry or desertlike conditions 2. XEROPHYTIC …   English World dictionary

  • xeric — adjective Date: 1926 characterized by, relating to, or requiring only a small amount of moisture < a xeric habitat > < a xeric plant > compare hydric, mesic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • xeric — adj. [Gr. xeros, dry] Arid; lacking in moisture; adaptation to dryness …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • xeric — xerically, adv. /zear ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment. [1926; < Gk xer(ós) dry + IC1] * * * …   Universalium

  • xeric — adjective a) Said of an environment or habitat that is extremely dry, lacking humidity and water. b) Said of an organism adapted to live in a very dry habitat …   Wiktionary

  • xeric — arid, lacking in moisture [Chace and Hobbs, 1969] …   Crustacea glossary

  • xeric — xe|ric Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • xeric — adj. of a dry environment, suited for a dry environment …   English contemporary dictionary

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