lithops

noun
lith·​ops | \ ˈliˌthäps \

Definition of lithops

1 capitalized : a genus of stemless succulent southern African plants (family Aizoaceae) that are sometimes grown for ornament and that have the leaves in pairs forming a stonelike body with a fissure on top from which the sessile usually solitary flower emerges
2 plural lithops : any plant of the genus Lithops

called also living stone, stoneface, stone life face

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History and Etymology for lithops

New Latin, from lith- + -ops

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“Lithops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithops. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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