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

  • Lithophyte, lith′o-fīt, n. any one of the polyps whose substance is stony or hard, as corals.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for lithophyte


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


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