lichen

[l_ˈaɪ_k_ə_n], [lˈa͡ɪkən], [lˈa‍ɪkən]

Definitions of lichen:

  1.   One of an order of cellular flowerless plants: an eruption on the skin. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   A cellular flowerless plant. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   One of an order of air- nourished plants or fungi growing on stones, etc. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   One of the order of flowerless or cryptogamic plants found upon rocks and various bodies, commonly called rock or tree moss; a disease of the skin. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   One of cellular cryptogamous plants, which appear in the form of thin flat crusts, & c., covering rocks and the bark of trees; an obstinate and annoying popular affection of the skin. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for lichen:

  1. There they were- two of them standing upright, stained with lichen grey and weather- beaten, one lying flat, hollowed a little in the centre. ” – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  2. Moss and green lichen had been scoured from the bases of the great weather- beaten pillars. ” – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. “ No species showed any great luxuriance, and seldom did the black and white lichen crust produce any 'apothecium, ' The lichen vegetation was most abundant on the driftwood of the beach and on the tufts in the marshes. ” – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  4. The lichen covered slabs that marked the graves of the early settlers leaned this way and that along the hill. ” – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  5. The lichen flora too was scanty. ” – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  6. We were sitting on the lowest step of a high, square tomb, moss- grown and lichen covered. ” – The Literary Sense by E. Nesbit
  7. As I walk home again through the wintry roads, and my eyes fix themselves with a tired languor on the green ivy- flowers- on the little gray- green lichen cups on the almshouse- wall, I think, Does no one remember her? ” – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  8. As plain John he would pass through life happy and unnoticed, but the great name of Milton hangs about him like a jest from which he can never escape- no, not even in the grave, for it will be continued there until the lichen has covered the name on the headstone with stealthy and kindly oblivion. ” – Pebbles on the Shore by Alpha of the Plough (Alfred George Gardiner)
  9. “ I held the letter loosely in my hands, and looked into vacancy, yet I saw the chaffinch's nest on the lichen covered trunk of an old apple- tree opposite my window, and saw the mother- bird come fluttering in to feed her brood,- and yet I did not see it, although it seemed to me afterwards as if I could have drawn every fibre, every feather. ” – Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  10. Passing a curious roadside cross which bears the date 1741 and a long Latin inscription splashed over with lichen one arrives at La Ferriere aux Etangs, a quaint village with a narrow and steep street containing one conspicuously old, timber- framed house. ” – Normandy, Complete The Scenery & Romance Of Its Ancient Towns by Gordon Home

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