[ lith-uh-fahyt ]

  1. Zoology. a polyp with a hard or stony structure, as a coral.

  2. Botany. any plant growing on the surface of rocks.

Origin of lithophyte

First recorded in 1765–75; litho- + -phyte

Other words from lithophyte

  • lith·o·phyt·ic [lith-uh-fit-ik], /ˌlɪθ əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective

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How to use lithophyte in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lithophyte


/ (ˈlɪθəˌfaɪt) /

  1. a plant that grows on rocky or stony ground

  2. an organism, such as a coral, that is partly composed of stony material

Derived forms of lithophyte

  • lithophytic (ˌlɪθəˈfɪtɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for lithophyte


[ lĭthə-fīt′ ]

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

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