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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lit•to•ral /ˈlɪtərəl/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun]
  1. Geographyof or relating to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
lit•to•ral  (litər əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Geographyof or pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
  2. Ecology, Geography, Oceanography, Place Names(on ocean shores) of or pertaining to the biogeographic region between the sublittoral zone and the high-water line and sometimes including the supralittoral zone above the high-water line.
  3. Ecology, Geographyof or pertaining to the region of freshwater lake beds from the sublittoral zone up to and including damp areas on shore. Cf. intertidal.

n. 
  1. Geography, Place Namesa littoral region.
  • Latin littorālis, variant of lītorālis of the shore, equivalent. to lītor- (stem of lītus) shore + -ālis -al1
  • 1650–60


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

littoral /ˈlɪtərəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to the shore of a sea, lake, or ocean
n
  1. a coastal or shore region
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin littorālis, from lītorālis, from lītus shore



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