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lithic

[lith-ik] /ˈlɪθ ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or consisting of stone.
2.
Petrology. pertaining to clastic rocks, either sedimentary or volcanic, containing a large proportion of debris from previously formed rocks:
a lithic sandstone; lithic tuff.
3.
Pathology. pertaining to stony concretions, or calculi, formed within the body, especially in the bladder.
4.
Chemistry. of, relating to, or containing lithium.
noun
5.
Archaeology. a stone artifact.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Greek lithikós of stone. See lith-, -ic
Related forms
lithically, adverb
prelithic, adjective

-lithic

1.
a combining form used in the names of cultural phases in archaeology characterized by the use of a particular type of tool:
Chalcolithic; Neolithic.
Origin
see lithic
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Examples from the web for lithic
  • In short, only the absence of a high quality lithic source seems to have limited the desirability of this setting for settlement.
  • lithic tools are further divided into chipped or flaked stone tools and ground stone tools.
  • Sandstones are typically medium-bedded, drab brown, lithic-feldspathic arenites.
  • Microcrystalline silica and silicified wood are the dominant lithic raw material types represented in the two collections.
  • Here is a lithic tuff or a crystal lithic tuff that's mafic in composition made of fragments of preexisting rocks.
  • lithic reports with lithic charts were prepared and submitted on each well.
  • The geologists' definition of a formation is a body of rock identified on the basis of lithic character.
  • It is composed of yellowish-white pumice fragments and subordinate gray lava lithic clasts.
British Dictionary definitions for lithic

lithic

/ˈlɪθɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or composed of stone
2.
containing abundant fragments of previously formed rock: a lithic sandstone
3.
(pathol) of or relating to a calculus or calculi, esp one in the urinary bladder
4.
of or containing lithium
Word Origin
C18: from Greek lithikos stony

-lithic

combining form
1.
(in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural period: Neolithic
Word Origin
from Greek lithikos, from lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for lithic
adj.

1797, from Greek lithikos "of or pertaining to stone," from lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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