en·​do·​lith·​ic ˌen-də-ˈli-thik How to pronounce endolithic (audio)
: living within or penetrating deeply into stony substances (such as rocks or coral)
endolithic lichens

Examples of endolithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The images would be compared with those of terrestrial endolithic microorganisms found living just about a centimeter beneath rock surfaces in frozen climes. David Warmflash, Discover Magazine, 20 July 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of endolithic was in 1886

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“Endolithic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endolithic. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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