from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Flourishing in or adapted to a dry hot environment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Being able to thrive in dry weather.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Drought-loving; able withstand the absence or lack of moisture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In recent usage correlated with xerophyte and equivalent to xerophytic, properly in sense 1: first used by Thurmann (1849), who regarded xerophilous plants as correlated with dysgeogenous soils. See quotation under silicicolous.
- Loving dryness: in botany noting plants which are in various ways peculiarly adapted to dry, especially to hot and dry climates, as by possessing coriaceous leaves, succulent stems, etc.; specifically, belonging to the group of xerophils. See xerophil.
From the Greek ξηρός (ksēros, "parched") + φίλος (philos, "beloved") (Wiktionary)