EnglishEdit

 
Lichen growing on a rock.

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin līchēn (ringworm), from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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NounEdit

lichen (countable and uncountable, plural lichens or lichen)

  1. Any of many symbiotic organisms, being associations of algae and fungi, often found as white or yellow-to-blue–green patches on rocks, old walls, etc.
  2. (figuratively) Something which gradually spreads across something else, causing damage.
    Synonym: cancer

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 lichen”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 lichen” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. 3.0 3.1 lichen”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin lichen, from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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NounEdit

lichen m (plural lichens)

  1. lichen

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek λειχήν (leikhḗn).

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NounEdit

līchēn m (genitive līchēnos or līchēnis); third declension

  1. (literally) a cryptogamic species of vegetation growing on trees, lichen
  2. (transferred sense, medicine) an eruption on the skin of men and beasts, a tetter, ringworm
    1. (and especially) a callous excrescence upon the leg of a horse, used as a medicine

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun (Greek-type, normal variant or non-Greek-type).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative līchēn līchēnes
līchēnēs
Genitive līchēnos
līchēnis
līchēnum
Dative līchēnī līchēnibus
Accusative līchēna
līchēnem
līchēnas
līchēnēs
Ablative līchēne līchēnibus
Vocative līchēn līchēnes
līchēnēs

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: lichen
  • French: lichen
  • Portuguese: líquen
  • Spanish: liquen

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French lichen

NounEdit

lichen m (plural licheni)

  1. lichen

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