Littoral definition

lĭtər-əl
Of or on a shore, especially a seashore.

A littoral property; the littoral biogeographic zone.

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A coastal region; a shore.
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The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides.
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Of, on, or along the shore, esp. a seashore.
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Designating or of the intertidal ecological zone along the shore.
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A region along the shore.
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Relating to the coastal zone between the limits of high and low tides. The littoral zone is subject to a wide range of environmental conditions, including high-energy wave action and intermittent periods of flooding and drying along with the associated fluctuations in exposure to solar radiation and extremes of temperature.
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Of or relating to the shore, especially the seashore.
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A shore.
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The zone of a coast between high tide and low tide levels.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
littoral
Plural:
littorals

Origin of littoral

  • Latin lītorālis from lītus lītor- shore N., from Italian littorale from Latin lītorālis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin littoralis, from litoris (genitive of litus). The doubled 't' is a late medieval addition, and the more classical litoral is also sometimes found.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to French littoral, Spanish litoral, and more distantly to English lido (“outdoor pool"), via Italian lido (“beach, shore").

    From Wiktionary