rock tripe


: any of various dark leathery umbilicate foliose lichens (as of the genus Umbilicaria) that are widely distributed on rocks in boreal and alpine areas and are sometimes used as food

Examples of rock tripe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pausing for a water break before beginning his descent, Menke ran his hand over another boulder and broke off a piece of crusty rock tripe, or lichen. Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock tripe was in 1854

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“Rock tripe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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