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No ants, but it was covered with an artist’s palette of lichen and moss, crafted in shades of yellow, brown, gray and green.
Like lichen, which is a partnership of fungus and algae.
Reindeer moss, actually a lichen, served as a crisp, salted nest for soft-cooked quail eggs.
Nor are New Zealand’s endangered earthworms, leeches or lichens.
Reindeer graze on lichen, polar bears prowl the coastlines, and great whales swim in the offshore waters.
Dead, decomposing lichens form the paltry substrate that enables everything else to get established.
Some species of insects, lichens and fungi are found only in old-growth forests.
There were no reindeer, whales, polar bears, or lichen.
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Origin and Etymology of lichen
First Known Use: circa 1657See Words from the same year
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