lithophyton

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Modern Latin lithophyton, from Ancient Greek roots λίθος (líthos, stone) + φυτόν (phutón, plant).

Noun[edit]

lithophyton (plural lithophyta)

  1. (obsolete) Coral.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, II.5:
      That Coral (which is a Lithophyton or stone-plant, and groweth at the bottom of the Sea) is soft under Water, but waxeth hard in the air [...] we have some reason to doubt [...].

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