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littoral

pertaining to the shore of a lake, the sea, etc.; a region lying along a shore
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lit·to·ral

 (lĭt′ər-əl)
adj.
Of or on a shore, especially a seashore: a littoral property; the littoral biogeographic zone.
n.
1. A coastal region; a shore.
2. The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides.

[Latin lītorālis, from lītus, lītor-, shore. N., from Italian littorale, from Latin lītorālis.]

littoral

(ˈlɪtərəl)
adj
1. (Physical Geography) of or relating to the shore of a sea, lake, or ocean
2. (Biology) biology inhabiting the shore of a sea or lake or the shallow waters near the shore: littoral fauna.
n
(Physical Geography) a coastal or shore region
[C17: from Late Latin littorālis, from lītorālis, from lītus shore]

lit•to•ral

(ˈlɪt ər əl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
2. (on ocean shores) of or pertaining to the biogeographic region between the sublittoral zone and the high-water line.
3. of or pertaining to the region of freshwater lake beds from the sublittoral zone up to and including damp areas on shore. Compare intertidal.
n.
4. a littoral region.
[1650–60; < Latin littorālis, variant of lītorālis=lītor-, s. of lītus shore + -ālis -al1]

lit·to·ral

(lĭt′ər-əl)
Adjective
Of or on a shore, especially a seashore: the littoral zone.
Noun
The zone between the limits of high and low tides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.littoral - the region of the shore of a lake or sea or oceanlittoral - the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
coast, seacoast, sea-coast, seashore - the shore of a sea or ocean
Adj.1.littoral - of or relating to a coastal or shore region
Translations

littoral

[ˈlɪtərəl]
A. ADJlitoral
B. Nlitoral m

littoral

(form)
adjlitoral (spec), → Litoral- (spec); (of lake also)in Ufernähe; (of sea also)in Küstennähe; littoral fauna/floraLitoralfauna/-flora f (spec)
nLitorale nt; → Uferland nt; → Küstenstrich mor -region f
References in classic literature ?
For instance, the several species of the Chthamalinae (a sub-family of sessile cirripedes) coat the rocks all over the world in infinite numbers: they are all strictly littoral, with the exception of a single Mediterranean species, which inhabits deep water and has been found fossil in Sicily, whereas not one other species has hitherto been found in any tertiary formation: yet it is now known that the genus Chthamalus existed during the chalk period.
The explanation, no doubt, is, that the littoral and sub-littoral deposits are continually worn away, as soon as they are brought up by the slow and gradual rising of the land within the grinding action of the coast-waves.
The islands were here, as in Chiloe, composed of a stratified, soft, littoral deposit; and the vegetation in consequence was beautifully luxuriant.
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