verb (used with object)
Origin of lichen
Examples from the Web for lichen
Historical Examples of lichen
There was no soil, no moss, no lichen, no trace of vegetation.
And no sign of life, save for an occasional patch of lichen on a rock.Longevity
These rocks are well tinted 236 with lichen, but they present a barren appearance.Wild Life on the Rockies
Enos A. Mills
It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock.Frankenstein
Mary W. Shelley
Dampier, the traveller, used this lichen for the same purpose.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
Word Origin for lichen
c.1600, from Latin lichen, from Greek leichen, originally "what eats around itself," probably from leichein "to lick" (see lick). Originally used of liverwort; the modern sense first recorded 1715. Related: Lichenaceous.