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 The other burns lithic landscapes, or fossilized biomass. Stephen Pyne, WSJ, "The Year Wildfires in the West Spread Like the Plague," 12 Dec. 2020 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, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Lithic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithic. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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