Definition of epilithic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌepəˈliTHik/


(Of a plant) growing on the surface of rock.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ep·i·lith·ic

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