crustose

adjective crus·tose \ ˈkrə-ˌstōs \

Definition of crustose

:having a thin thallus adhering closely to a substrate (as of rock, bark, or soil)
  • crustose lichens
— compare foliose, fruticose

Origin and Etymology of crustose

Latin crustosus crusted, from crusta


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