One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of an animal such as an earthworm) living on the ground or in the soil.
- ‘The great majority of formicine genera, however, are both terricolous and cocoon-makers.’
- 1.1Botany (of a plant, especially a lichen) growing on soil or on the ground.
- ‘The proposition that tolerance of SO2 by these terricolous mosses depends on metabolic detoxification of dissolved bisulfite was investigated.’
- ‘The book starts off with an colourful introduction to the pros and cons of the terms terricolous and epigaeous, and an overview of the terricolous lichen vegetation typology in Italy.’
- ‘Similarly, some terricolous mosses are confined to calcareous soils in polluted areas, but are more widespread in non-polluted areas.’
- ‘The first phase of my research addressed the question ‘do distinct terricolous lichen assemblages occur within these badlands as opposed to a random distribution of species?’’
- ‘The present paper investigates the hypothesis that accumulation of metal ions from soils by terricolous mosses is important in ameliorating SO 2 toxicity.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin terricola ‘earth dweller’ (from terra ‘earth’ + colere ‘inhabit’) + -ous.
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