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1. Rock; stone: xenolith.
2. Stone implement or structure: megalith.
3. Mineral concretion; calculus: cystolith.

[From Greek lithos, stone.]
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n combining form
indicating stone or rock: megalith. Compare -lite
[from Greek lithos stone]
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var. of litho-: lithops.


a combining form meaning “stone” (megalith), “stone tool” ( microlith), “mass of rock” (batholith; laccolith), “calcareous concretion, calculus” ( otolith; urolith).Compare -lite.
[see litho-]


or Lith,

1. Lithuania.
2. Lithuanian.


1. lithograph.
2. lithographic.
3. lithography.
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Whilst he was in fact describing an actual geological feature--a laccolith which he saw as resembling a cactus [1]--he was also, tongue-in-cheek, commenting on what he saw as an absurd number of "-lith" words in the field of Geology.