One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of or relating to stone.
- ‘The excavation of lithic quarry sites presents archaeologists with logistical and analytical problems that are often not encountered at other site types.’
- ‘Compositionally, the most abundant types of lithic fragment are polycrystalline quartz varieties.’
- ‘Upon collection, however, it was revealed that much of the lithic debris was covered by mud.’
- ‘Small lithic fragments comprise quartzite, gneiss and ubiquitous andesite.’
- ‘The excavations produced no diagnostic artifacts but did yield lithic debris and a limited quantity of preserved floral remains.’
dated Relating to calculi.
Late 18th century: from Greek lithikos, from lithos ‘stone’.
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