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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Definitions for littoral

  1. of or relating to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
  2. (on ocean shores) of or relating to the biogeographic region between the sublittoral zone and the high-water line and sometimes including the supralittoral zone above the high-water line.
  3. of or relating to the region of freshwater lake beds from the sublittoral zone up to and including damp areas on shore.

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Citations for littoral
The Center for Advanced Studies would be built--perhaps there was still some virgin littoral stretch and the building he envisaged could be nestled somewhere along this lake or the other--but there would be modifications in the plan. Ralph McInerny, The Green Revolution, 2008
In another hour the horns of motors began to blow down from the winding road along the low range of the Maures, which separates the littoral from true Provençal France. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night, 1934
Origin of littoral
1650-1660
English littoral comes from the Latin adjective littorālis (lītorālis is more correct), a derivative of littor- (lītor-), the inflectional stem of lītus (littus) “shore, shoreline.” In general littoral is used for technical subjects, e.g., geography, biology. The one exception is the common noun lido meaning “fashionable beach resort,” and the somewhat less fashionable “public open-air swimming pool.” Lido comes directly from Venetian Italian Lido (di Venezia) (from Latin lītus), the name of a sandbar or chain of sandy islands between the Lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic, the site of the annual Venice Film Festival. Littoral entered English in the 17th century.
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