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[kawr-tik-uh-luh s] /kɔrˈtɪk ə ləs/
adjective, Botany, Zoology.
living or growing on or in bark.
Origin of corticolous
1855-60; < Latin corti(c)- (stem of cortex) cortex + -colous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Polypori also have no wide range of habitat, except in choice of trees on which to grow, for the majority of them are corticolous.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • This is often facilitated in corticolous species by removing the bark and drying it under pressure.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for corticolous


(biology) living or growing on the surface of bark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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