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
lith- + -phyte (Wiktionary)