lithic

adjective
lith·​ic | \ ˈli-thik How to pronounce lithic (audio) \

Definition of lithic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : of, relating to, or being a stone tool

Definition of -lithic (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or characteristic of a (specified) stage in humankind's use of stone as a cultural tool Neolithic

Examples of lithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pointy antler tines can be sawn or broken off to create pressure flaking tools to chip arrowheads, stone knives and a host of other lithic resources. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 What were lithic landscapes have been exhumed and no longer only underlie living ones. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 What were lithic landscapes have been exhumed and no longer only underlie living ones. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 In effect, once released, the lithic overlies the living and the two different kinds of burning interact in ways that sometimes compete and sometimes collude. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 In effect, once released, the lithic overlies the living and the two different kinds of burning interact in ways that sometimes compete and sometimes collude. Stephen Pyne, The Conversation, "California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age," 1 Nov. 2019 Artifacts recovered from the site are almost exclusively lithic (stone), as organic material tends not to preserve from this great age and pottery had not yet been invented in this part of the world. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 What were lithic landscapes have been exhumed and no longer only underlie living ones. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 If these lithic libraries could be accessed, scientists could travel back in time and compare the Atlantic hurricanes of today with the specters of storms past. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The ghosts of ancient hurricanes live in Caribbean blue holes," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lithic

Adjective

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithic

Adjective

Greek lithikos, from lithos

Adjective combining form

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The first known use of lithic was in 1797

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lithic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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