lichen

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English[edit]

Lichen growing on a rock.

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Borrowed from Latin līchēn (ringworm), from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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lichen (countable and uncountable, plural lichens or lichen)

  1. Any of many symbiotic organisms, being associations of algae and fungi, often found as white or yellow patches on old walls, etc.
  2. (figuratively) Something which gradually spreads across something else, causing damage.
    Synonym: cancer

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 lichen” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 lichen” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. 3.0 3.1 lichen” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin lichen, from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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lichen m (plural lichens)

  1. lichen

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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Noun[edit]

līchēn m (genitive līchēnos or līchēnis); third declension

  1. (literally) a cryptogamic species of vegetation growing on trees, lichen
  2. (transferred sense, medicine) an eruption on the skin of men and beasts, a tetter, ringworm
    1. (and especially) a callous excrescence upon the leg of a horse, used as a medicine

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (Greek-type, normal variant or non-Greek-type).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative līchēn līchēnes
līchēnēs
Genitive līchēnos
līchēnis
līchēnum
Dative līchēnī līchēnibus
Accusative līchēna
līchēnem
līchēnas
līchēnēs
Ablative līchēne līchēnibus
Vocative līchēn līchēnes
līchēnēs

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  • English: lichen
  • French: lichen
  • Galician: lique
  • Portuguese: líquen
  • Spanish: liquen

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