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

of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment.
[1926; < Greek xēr(ós) dry + -ic]
xe′ri•cal•ly, adv.
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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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In this study we describe the flora (presence/abundance) of a one ha xeric forest located at Osborn Prairie, also known as Sixteenth Section Prairie, Oktibbeha, County, Mississippi.
Covered in a thick cerotegument, this heavily sclerotized mite has the ability to withdraw its legs into its body much like a tortoise - an adaptation that likely aids in the mites' ability to survive the xeric conditions on the sandstone rocks.
However, with the exception of Irenomys, most species recorded in the vicinity of Puerto Ibanez (Kelt, 1994, 1996) correspond to the more xeric Patagonian mammal fauna; exceptions to this include A.
Affinities of Xeric Limestone Prairies to Other Vegetation Types
The first known males of the spider Plectreurys arida Gertsch are described from the xeric shrub habitats and houses of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Flatwoods, xeric clay hills, dry sandy uplands and sandhills.
californicus live in xeric habitats, they may have come to rely on the web to a greater extent than does S.
The Xeric Garden at UNLY is beautiful and scholarly, representing a wide palette of plants--many of them little known to American horticulture--from deserts around the world.
At a more xeric location in central South Dakota, however, caryopsis set was 40% in sessile and 23% in pedicellate spikelets.