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littoral

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adjective lit·to·ral \ˈli-tə-rəl; ˌli-tə-ˈral, -ˈräl\

Simple Definition of littoral

  • : of, relating to, or having a coast

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of littoral

  1. :  of, relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea

Examples of littoral in a sentence

  1. <littoral warfare includes amphibious landings>



Did You Know?

You're most likely to encounter "littoral" in contexts relating to the military and marine sciences. A "littoral combat ship" is a fast and easily maneuverable combat ship built for use in coastal waters. And in marine ecology, the "littoral zone" is a coastal zone characterized by abundant dissolved oxygen, sunlight, nutrients, and generally high wave energies and water motion. Most of us, however, are more likely to encounter the noun "littoral," which refers to a coastal region (and more technically, to the shore zone between the high tide and low tide points). Although the adjective is older - dating from the mid 17th century - the noun, which dates from the early 19th century, is more common. "Littoral" comes to English from Latin litoralis, itself from "litor-" or litus, meaning "seashore."

Origin and Etymology of littoral

Latin litoralis, from litor-, litus seashore


First Known Use: circa 1656

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littoral

noun lit·to·ral

Definition of littoral

  1. :  a coastal region; especially :  the shore zone between high tide and low tide points



1828

First Known Use of littoral

1828

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Rhymes with littoral


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littoral

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adjective lit·to·ral \ˈli-tə-rəl; ˌli-tə-ˈral, -ˈräl\

Legal Definition of littoral

  1. :  of, relating to, or being property abutting an ocean, sea, lake, or pond — compare riparian





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