from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered in lichen.
  • adj. Of or resembling lichen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, lichens; abounding in lichens; covered with lichens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to, resembling, abounding in, or covered with lichens.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of the disease called lichen: as, lichenous eruptions.


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  • That chanced to be her pose, but indeed she was standing quite still, looking away towards the gray and lichenous shrubbery wall and, as I think now, listening.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • And all this time the lunar plants were growing around us, higher and denser and more entangled, every moment thicker and taller, spiked plants, green cactus masses, fungi, fleshy and lichenous things, strangest radiate and sinuous shapes.

    First Men in the Moon

  • We selected a lichenous kopje perhaps fifteen yards away, and landed neatly on its summit one after the other.

    First Men in the Moon

  • We made a few gargantuan strides, leapt three or four times more, and sat down at last in a lichenous hollow.

    First Men in the Moon

  • He went on foot across the wilder recesses of the park, where slimy streams of green moisture, exuding from decayed holes caused by old amputations, ran down the bark of the oaks and elms, the rind below being coated with a lichenous wash as green as emerald.

    The Woodlanders

  • He's more interested in our lichen's lichenous parasites, and thinks they may be what is different or unusual on this site this winter.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • He was incredulous, then left the road and walked along a scarcely perceptible track to the left, and came in half a minute to an old lichenous stone wall.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • It was rugged and steep, grass growing mostly in pale tufts and tussocks between lichenous rocks, dwarf birch and willow scattered around.

    Operation Luna

  • Within a time-worn earthen rampart loomed a triple ring of standing stones, perhaps seventy cubits wide, the tallest of them well-nigh three man-heights, slabs almost as huge joining them on top, gray, lichenous, weathered, powerful beyond his understanding.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one's lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame


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