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Dec 20, 2012
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wakerife
quadrennium
subjugate
xerophyte
conversazione

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xerophyte

PRONUNCIATION:
(ZEER-uh-fyt)

MEANING:
noun: A plant adapted to growing in a very dry or desert environment.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek xero- (dry) + phyton (plant). Earliest documented use: 1897.

USAGE:
"Saavik's bemused comment when Captain Howe, her former first officer, had sent her a 'get well cactus' was that on Vulcan it was a superfluous xerophyte."
Keith R.A. DeCandido; Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War; Simon & Schuster; 2004.

See more usage examples of xerophyte in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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