Definition of epilithic in English:


Syllabification: ep·i·lith·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌepəˈliTHik


  • (Of a plant) growing on the surface of rock.
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    • We have virtually no fossils of tropical fleshy algae, especially the small soft epilithic species that characterize primary productivity on modern reefs.
    • This community is also characterized by a high epiphytic and epilithic cover.
    • We investigated the importance of snowmelt as an organizing factor for epilithic microalgae in a high-altitude montane stream during 3 yr of differing melt characteristics.


early 20th century: from epi- 'upon' + Greek lithos 'stone' + -ic.

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