|1.||of or relating to the shore of a sea, lake, or ocean|
|2.||biology inhabiting the shore of a sea or lake or the shallow waters near the shore: littoral fauna|
|3.||a coastal or shore region|
|[C17: from Late Latin littorālis, from lītorālis, from lītus shore]|
|littoral (lĭt'ər-əl) Pronunciation Key
Relating to the coastal zone between the limits of high and low tides. The littoral zone is subject to a wide range of environmental conditions, including high-energy wave action and intermittent periods of flooding and drying along with the associated fluctuations in exposure to solar radiation and extremes of temperature. Compare sublittoral.