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Growing, living, or burrowing in sand: an arenicolous lizard.

[Latin harēna, arēna, sand; see arena + -colous.]
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(Biology) growing or living in sand or sandy places: arenicolous plants.
[C19: from Latin harēna sand + colere to inhabit]
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(ˌær əˈnɪk ə ləs)

inhabiting or growing in sand or sandy soil.
[1850–55; < Latin (h)arēn(a) (see arena) + -i- + -colous]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arenicolous - growing or living or burrowing in sandarenicolous - growing or living or burrowing in sand; "arenicolous worms"
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