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 (zĕr′ĭk, zîr′-)
Of, characterized by, or adapted to an extremely dry habitat.

xer′i·cal·ly adv.
xe·ric′i·ty (zĕ-rĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(Biology) ecology of, relating to, or growing in dry conditions
ˈxerically adv


(ˈzɪər ɪk)

of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment.
[1926; < Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ic]
xe′ri•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.xeric - being deficient in moisture; "deserts provide xeric environments"
hydric - having or characterized by excessive moisture; "a hydric habitat"
mesic - having or characterized by moderate or a well-balanced supply of moisture; "mesic habitats"
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The BCDA said it had inked a memorandum of understanding with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), a foundation co-owned by the Government of Sweden and Swedish industry; ElectriCITY, a non-profit organization composed of major firms that operate in Sweden; and Xeric AB (Xeric), an expert provider of business consultancy services for small and medium enterprises.
Bahmanyar (2007)conducted a study on rice paddies in Mazandaran and concluded that continuous rice cropping changes moisture regime change from xeric to aquic, soil color from brown to grey, surface layer from Mollic to Acric, soil structure from granular to massive, and soil order from Mollisol to Inceptisol [11].
Communities directly behind the dam will be inundated by water for much of the year, whereas communities in front of the dam will become more xeric.
2007), sparingly dissolved calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) carbonates in biochars may also represent a possible C sink if applied to xeric or aridic soils (Macias and Camps Arbestain 2010).
Although these counties were conterminous, they represented a wide variety of the land-cover types common throughout Florida, from coastal estuaries to xeric highlands.
It was a xeric, mature forest of chestnut oaks (Quereus montana) and scarlet oaks (Q.
However, the xeric habitat types occupied by tortoises render expected encounters by these two species occasional at best.
The red widow spider, Latrodectus bishopi Kaston or RWS, is restricted to xeric, fire-maintained sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwoods found on ancient, sandy ridges in Central and Southeastern Florida (Kaston 1938, 1970; McCrone & Levi 1964; McCrone & Stone 1965; Edwards 1994; Carrel 2001; Levi & Levi 2002).
3) found Peromyscus leucopus to be somewhat of a "habitat generalist" because it was collected in diverse riparian settings ranging from woodlands with a lush, thick understory and ground cover to more xeric ones with sparse groundcover and no understory.
However, desiccation tolerance is reported to be lower in bryophyte species from mesic habitats in comparison to xeric ones (Robinson et al.
There were patches of open, xeric vegetation and some stunted trees, typical of the terrain of the Indian tableland or of the Deccan plateau (Champion and Seth 1968).