lithophyte

[ lith-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈlɪθ əˌfaɪt /
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noun

Zoology. a polyp with a hard or stony structure, as a coral.
Botany. any plant growing on the surface of rocks.

Origin of lithophyte

First recorded in 1765–75; litho- + -phyte
Related formslith·o·phyt·ic [lith-uh-fit-ik] /ˌlɪθ əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lithophyte

lithophyte

/ (ˈlɪθəˌfaɪt) /

noun

a plant that grows on rocky or stony ground
an organism, such as a coral, that is partly composed of stony material
Derived Formslithophytic (ˌlɪθəˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for lithophyte

lithophyte

[ lĭthə-fīt′ ]

A plant that grows on rock and derives its nourishment chiefly from the atmosphere.
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