living stone


plural living stones
: any of a genus (Lithops of the family Aizoaceae) of very small, stemless, succulent plants of southern Africa that typically have a pair of thickened leaves forming a stonelike body with a slit on top from which a usually solitary, sessile flower emerges : lithops
Living stones, named for their rocky appearance, bury the bulk of their leaves underground, taking a dive for shade.Mary Hoff

Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of living stone was in 1930

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living stone


Cite this Entry

“Living stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Liv·​ing·​stone ˈli-viŋ-stən How to pronounce Livingstone (audio)
city on the Zambezi River in southern Zambia population 134,000

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Liv·​ing·​stone ˈli-viŋ-stən How to pronounce Livingstone (audio)
David 1813–1873 Scottish missionary and explorer in Africa
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