of, relating to, or adapted to a dry environment.
At the island's opposite end is the Southeast Peninsula, a wilderness of salt ponds and xeric vegetation.
Kenneth Brower, "Legacy Isles of the Caribbean," Islands, March 2003
These increasingly xeric (hot and dry) conditions restricted the range of large game animals and this, coupled with human predation and environmental stress, drove many game species ... to extinction.
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, "Foreword," People of the Earth, 1992
Xeric is an adjective used in ecology, botany, and biology in general to characterize a very dry environment or an organism that can grow in such an environment. Xeric comes from Greek xērós “dry, withered,” and it appears to be obviously related to the Greek noun xerón “dry land, mainland,” but the long ē and the short e are problematic. If xērós and xerón are related, they will come from the Proto-Indo-European root kser- (also ksēr-) “dry,” source of Latin serescere “to become dry,” serēnitās “dry, bright, clear weather or sky” (English serenity), and serēnus “clear, cloudless, fine” (English serene). Xeric entered English in the first half of the 20th century.
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