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From 1980s Xeriscape, a term coined (and trademarked) by Denver Water. From xeri- +‎ -scape.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈzɛ.ɹɪ.skeɪp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈzɛ.ɹə.skeɪp/
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xeriscape (plural xeriscapes)

  1. A kind of landscape design for arid regions, minimising the need for irrigation. [from 1980s]
    • 1999, Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, London: Heinemann, →ISBN; republished London: Arrow Books, Random House, 2000, →ISBN, page 628:
      Randy looks up over the Impala and the retaining wall and the ice-clogged xeriscape above that and into the lobby of Waterhouse House, where Amy Shaftoe has her feet up on a coffee table and is looking through some of the extremely sad Cayuse-related literature that Randy bought for Avi.
    • 2013, George Oxford Miller, “Native Plant Profiles”, in Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas, 2nd edition, Minneapolis, Minn.: Voyageur Press, →ISBN, page 132:
      Small, shrubby yuccas give your landscape a characteristic Southwest flavor. Their size adapts them to limited areas, such as patio and pool gardens or corner plantings. The blade-like leaves add variety to a cactus or xeriscape garden. Small yuccas make ideal accent plants, and when they send up their stalk of flowers, they become the center of attention.


xeriscape (third-person singular simple present xeriscapes, present participle xeriscaping, simple past and past participle xeriscaped)

  1. To landscape in a water-friendly manner.

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