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lithic

[ lith-ik ]
/ ˈlɪθ ɪk /
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adjective
pertaining to or consisting of stone.
Petrology. pertaining to clastic rocks, either sedimentary or volcanic, containing a large proportion of debris from previously formed rocks: a lithic sandstone; lithic tuff.
Pathology. pertaining to stony concretions, or calculi, formed within the body, especially in the bladder.
Chemistry. of, relating to, or containing lithium.
noun
Archaeology. a stone artifact.
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Origin of lithic

First recorded in 1790–1800, lithic is from the Greek word lithikós of stone. See lith-, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM lithic

lith·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·lith·ic, adjective

Other definitions for lithic (2 of 2)

-lithic

a combining form used in the names of cultural phases in archaeology characterized by the use of stone tools: Chalcolithic; Neolithic.
a combining form meaning “of or relating to stone,” used to form adjectives: megalithic; monolithic.

Origin of -lithic

see origin at lithic
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British Dictionary definitions for lithic (1 of 2)

lithic
/ (ˈlɪθɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or composed of stone
containing abundant fragments of previously formed rocka lithic sandstone
pathol of or relating to a calculus or calculi, esp one in the urinary bladder
of or containing lithium

Word Origin for lithic

C18: from Greek lithikos stony

British Dictionary definitions for lithic (2 of 2)

-lithic

adj combining form
(in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural periodNeolithic

Word Origin for -lithic

from Greek lithikos, from lithos stone
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