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littoral

adjective lit·to·ral \ ˈli-tə-rəl ; ˌli-tə-ˈral , -ˈräl \

Definition of littoral

: of, relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea
  • littoral waters

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Examples of littoral in a Sentence

  1. littoral warfare includes amphibious landings

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You're most likely to encounter littoral in contexts relating to the military and marine sciences. A littoral combat ship is a fast and easily maneuverable combat ship built for use in coastal waters. And in marine ecology, the littoral zone is a coastal zone characterized by abundant dissolved oxygen, sunlight, nutrients, and generally high wave energies and water motion. Littoral can also be found as a noun referring to a coastal region or, more technically, to the shore zone between the high tide and low tide points. The adjective is the older of the two, dating from the mid-17th century; the noun dates from the early 19th century. The word comes to English from Latin litoralis, itself from litor- or litus, meaning "seashore."

Origin and Etymology of littoral

Latin litoralis, from litor-, litus seashore

littoral Synonyms

Other Oceanography Terms


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littoral

noun

Definition of littoral

: a coastal region; especially : the shore zone between high tide and low tide points

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Origin and Etymology of littoral

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LITTORAL Defined for English Language Learners

littoral

adjective

Definition of littoral for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or having a coast


Law Dictionary

littoral

adjective lit·to·ral \ ˈli-tə-rəl; ˌli-tə-ˈral, -ˈräl \

legal Definition of littoral

: of, relating to, or being property abutting an ocean, sea, lake, or pond — compare riparian


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