a combining form meaning “stone” (acrolith; megalith; paleolith); sometimes occurring in words as a variant form of -lite (batholith; laccolith).
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -lith
see origin at litho-
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British Dictionary definitions for -lith
n combining form
indicating stone or rockmegalith Compare -lite
Word Origin for -lith
from Greek lithos stone
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Medicine definitions for -lith
Mineral concretion; calculus:cystolith.
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