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Meaning of sclerophylly

scle•ro•phyl•ly

Pronunciation: (sklēr'u-fil"ē), [key]
— n. Bot.
  1. the normal development of much sclerenchyma in the leaves of certain plants, as some desert plants, resulting in thickened, hardened foliage that resists loss of moisture.
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