of or relating to a lake.
living or growing in lakes, as various organisms.
formed at the bottom or along the shore of lakes, as geological strata.

Origin of lacustrine

1820–30; < Italian lacustr(e) of lakes + -ine1
Related formsin·ter·la·cus·trine, adjectivesub·la·cus·trine, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lacustrine

Historical Examples of lacustrine

  • The lacustrine villages of Switzerland do not all belong to the same period.

    Primitive Man

    Louis Figuier

  • Lacustrine sediments are absent throughout the Tertiary section.

  • The platforms of lacustrine clay are called, in Kashmir, "karewah."

  • The beds overlying the boulder-clay are evidently of lacustrine origin.

  • A stroll from one end of its lacustrine street to the other is lush with interest.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

British Dictionary definitions for lacustrine



of or relating to lakes
living or growing in or on the shores of a lake

Word Origin for lacustrine

C19: from Italian lacustre, from Latin lacus lake
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lacustrine in Science



Relating to lakes.
Relating to a system of inland wetlands and deep-water habitats associated with freshwater lakes and reservoirs, characterized by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Compare marine palustrine riverine.
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