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noun, plural lith·os.
  1. lithography.
  2. lithograph.
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  1. lithographic.
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verb (used with object), lith·oed, lith·o·ing.
  1. to lithograph.
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Origin of litho

shortened form


or lithog


  1. a combining form meaning “stone,” used in the formation of compound words: lithography; lithonephrotomy.
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Also especially before a vowel, lith-.

Origin of litho-

< Greek, combining form of líthos
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Examples from the Web for litho

Historical Examples

  • The best inking surfaces or slabs for color work at press or machine are porcelain, litho stone, marble or slab.

    Paper and Printing Recipes

    J. Sawtelle Ford

  • The manager said that in the litho department the single girls thought it infra dig.

  • This firm was the first in Leeds to introduce girls as layers-on for letter-press and litho machines.

  • There was a great gulf fixed between the litho girls and the others.

  • Besides the end papers for inside of books, a figured paper has of late been made known as "litho printed" for fancy goods.

British Dictionary definitions for litho


noun, adjective, adverb plural -thos
  1. short for lithography, lithograph, lithographic, or lithographicallySee lithograph (def. 1), lithography
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before a vowel lith-

combining form
  1. stonelithograph
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Word Origin

from Latin, from Greek, from lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for litho


before vowels, lith-, word-forming element meaning "stone, rock;" from comb. form of Greek lithos "stone, a precious stone, marble; a piece on a game board," of unknown origin.

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litho in Medicine


  1. Mineral concretion; calculus:lithotomy.
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