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[luh-kuhs-trin] /ləˈkʌs trɪn/
of or relating to a lake.
living or growing in lakes, as various organisms.
formed at the bottom or along the shore of lakes, as geological strata.
Origin of lacustrine
1820-30; < Italian lacustr(e) of lakes + -ine1
Related forms
interlacustrine, adjective
sublacustrine, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lacustrine
  • Still today the lacustrine sediments and the shorelines of the lake can be recognized in the field.
  • Also present in depressions bounded by lacustrine beaches.
  • lacustrine soils are primarily sands, but there are small, local areas of lacustrine clays.
  • These materials consist of semi-liquid seafloor deposits, soft fine-grained lacustrine soils and coarse-grained alluvial soils.
British Dictionary definitions for lacustrine


of or relating to lakes
living or growing in or on the shores of a lake
Word Origin
C19: from Italian lacustre, from Latin lacus lake
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lacustrine in Science
  1. Relating to lakes.

  2. Relating to a system of inland wetlands and deep-water habitats associated with freshwater lakes and reservoirs, characterized by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Compare marine, palustrine, riverine.

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