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[lit-er-uh l] /ˈlɪt ər əl/

of or relating to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
(on ocean shores) of or relating to the biogeographic region between the zone and the high-water line and sometimes including the zone above the high-water line.
of or relating to the region of freshwater lake beds from the zone up to and including damp areas on shore.
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a littoral region.
of or relating to the shore of a sea, lake, or ocean
(biology) inhabiting the shore of a sea or lake or the shallow waters near the shore: littoral fauna
a coastal or shore region

“pertaining to the seashore,” 1650s, from Latin littoralis “of or belonging to the seashore,” from litus (genitive litoris) “seashore” (cf. Lido), of unknown origin, possibly from PIE root *lei- “to flow.” The noun is first recorded 1828, from Italian littorale, originally an adjective, from Latin littoralis.
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. Compare sublittoral.


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  • Littre

    [lee-trey] /liˈtreɪ/ noun 1. Maximilien Paul Émile [mak-see-mee-lyan pawl ey-meel] /mak si miˈlyɛ̃ pɔl eɪˈmil/ (Show IPA), 1801–88, French lexicographer and philosopher.

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