petricolous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin petra (a rock) + colō (to inhabit).

Adjective[edit]

petricolous (comparative more petricolous, superlative most petricolous)

  1. Rock-dwelling; living among or on rocks.
    Alpine plants that cannot establish themselves in earthy gorges, must adapt to a petricolous habit in cracks in rocks.
    • 2004, Harold Osborne, Indians of the Andes, page 68:
      [] in the mighty Andes, this petricolous people who reared in very truth a culture of the stone []