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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany A plant that grows on rock and derives its nourishment chiefly from the atmosphere.
  • n. Zoology An organism, such as coral, that has a stony structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant that lives grows on rocks, obtaining nourishment from rain and the atmosphere.
  • n. Any organism, such as a coral, resembling a stony plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hard, or stony, plantlike organism, as the gorgonians, corals, and corallines, esp. those gorgonians having a calcareous axis. All the lithophytes except the corallines are animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of the polyps whose substance is stony or hard, as corals and sea-fans. The older naturalists classed them with plants, whence the name.
  • n. In phytogeography, any plant which grows upon the surface of rocks or stones, aerial or submerged, with or without the presence of humus: sometimes opposed to chasmophyte (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plant that grows on rocks or stony soil and derives nourishment from the atmosphere

Etymologies

lith- + -phyte (Wiktionary)

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