lithophyte [lith-uh-fahyt] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- Zoology. a polyp with a hard or stony structure, as a coral.
- Botany. any plant growing on the surface of rocks.
Origin of lithophyte First recorded in 1765–75; litho- + -phyte Related formslith·o·phyt·ic [lith-uh-fit-ik] /ˌlɪθ əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective Examples from the Web for lithophyte Historical Examples of lithophyte
Lithophyte, lith′o-fīt, n. any one of the polyps whose substance is stony or hard, as corals.
British Dictionary definitions for lithophyte lithophyte noun
- a plant that grows on rocky or stony ground
- an organism, such as a coral, that is partly composed of stony material
Derived Formslithophytic (ˌlɪθəˈfɪtɪk), adjective lithophyte in Science lithophyte [lĭth′ə-fīt′]
- A plant that grows on rock and derives its nourishment chiefly from the atmosphere.