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littoral

pertaining to the shore of a lake, the sea, etc.; a region lying along a shore
Not to be confused with:
literal – taking words in their primary sense without metaphor or allegory: the literal meaning of a word; expressed by letters; actual, factual, truthful, exact, reliable

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.
"All the littoral states are in consensus over resolving the Caspian Sea problems by themselves, banning control of their territories (by others) for the launch of military action against each other, banning the presence of trans-regional military forces, allowing navigation exclusively under the flags of these five countries, measuring the width of the naval zones and are in terms over a major part of the draft Convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status," Zarif said, addressing the ministerial meeting of Caspian Sea littoral states in Moscow.
A third regular meeting of representatives of the Caspian littoral states to discuss a draft agreement on trade and economic cooperation kicked off in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message on March 13.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that all the 5 littoral states are in consensus over a major part of the draft Convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the necessity for all the Persian Gulf littoral states to cooperate in protecting the region's security and environment.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday voiced his country's readiness to facilitate transfer of energy from the Caspian Sea littoral states via Iranian soil, Persian Gulf and Oman Sea to the western countries.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the Caspian Sea littoral states to prevent the presence and deployment of the trans-regional states' military forces in the Caspian Sea to maintain peace and stability in the region.