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An organism that flourishes in a very dry environment.
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Noun1.xerophile - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of waterxerophile - plant adapted for life with a limited supply of water; compare hydrophyte and mesophyte
agave, American aloe, century plant - tropical American plants with basal rosettes of fibrous sword-shaped leaves and flowers in tall spikes; some cultivated for ornament or for fiber
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
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Xerophile xerophily's xerophthalmia, xerophthalmic.
Mohr also noted that "sand hills near Montgomery" had openings with several distinctive xerophile or annual grasses (Aristida, Eragrostis, Panicum) and herbs, including Brickellia eupatorioides, Croptilon divaricatum, Mirabilis sp.
juniper canopies, which can be colonized by xerophile and heliophile