/sklear"euh fil/, Bot.
1. Also, sclerophyllous /sklear'euh fil"euhs/. of, pertaining to, or exhibiting sclerophylly.
2. a plant exhibiting sclerophylly.
[1910-15; SCLERO- + -PHYLL]

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      type of vegetation characterized by hard, leathery, evergreen foliage that is specially adapted to prevent moisture loss. Broad-leaved sclerophyll vegetation, including species such as holly (Ilex), is known as Mediterranean vegetation (q.v.) because it is characteristic of regions with a Mediterranean climate—hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Narrow-leaved sclerophyll vegetation is characteristic of species such as pines.

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