Capable of thriving in a hot, dry climate, as certain plants and animals.
Flourishing in a very dry environment.
Being able to thrive in dry weather.
The cactus is very xerophilous.
Origin of xerophilous
From the Greek ξηρός (ksÄ“ros, “parched") + φίλος (philos, “beloved")
Xerophilous Sentence Examples
In the aquatic, semi-aquatic, and xerophilous types, where the whole surface of the plant absorbs water, perpetually in the first two cases and during rain in the last, the hydrom strand is either much reduced or altogether absent.
A very few species, like Chroolepus, which grows on rock surfaces, are comparable with the land plants which have been termed xerophilous.
The similarity of certain xerophilous Euphorbiaceae to Cactaceae is a ready illustration of this phenomenon.
In this connexion it is noteworthy that so many of the higher forms are adapted as bulbous geophytes, or as aerophytes to special xerophilous conditions.