rock tripe



any lichen of the genus Umbilicaria.

Nearby words

  1. rock squirrel,
  2. rock star,
  3. rock steady,
  4. rock the boat,
  5. rock thrush,
  6. rock up,
  7. rock wall,
  8. rock wallaby,
  9. rock wool,
  10. rock wren

Origin of rock tripe

First recorded in 1850–55; allegedly so called in reference to the appearance of the thallus

Also called tripe-de-roche. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rock tripe

  • There was one cable Burl had missed, hidden by rock-tripe and mould in a depressed part of the cliff-top.

    The Forgotten Planet|Murray Leinster
  • Not even a bit of rock-tripe—in these parts the last resource of starving men—could be met with.

  • On reaching the rock, they saw what Norman had meant by the words tripe de roche (rock-tripe).

British Dictionary definitions for rock tripe

rock tripe


Canadian any of various edible lichens, esp of the genus Umbilicaria, that grow on rocks and are used in the North as a survival food
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