[ lith-oh-struh-tig-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌlɪθ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi /


the study or character of stratified rocks based solely on their physical and petrographic features.

Origin of lithostratigraphy

First recorded in 1955–60; litho- + stratigraphy

OTHER WORDS FROM lithostratigraphy

lith·o·strat·i·graph·ic [lith-oh-strat-i-graf-ik] /ˌlɪθ oʊˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for lithostratigraphy

[ lĭth′ō-strə-tĭgrə-fē ]

The scientific study and categorization of rock strata based on their lithology (color, texture, and composition). Compare biostratigraphy.
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