Littoral


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Pronunciation: ˈli-tə-rəl

Definition: of or relating to, situated on, or growing on the shore, especially the seashore

Usage, specifically refers to water on the shore, rather than the land, i.e. the littoral zone

Origin, Latin ‘littoralis’ (shore), originally ‘litoris’ but doubled t appeared in Medieval Latin (hence more classical form of word, “litoral”); related distantly to word “lido” (outdoor pool); first known use 1656

Sources: Wiktionary, Wikipedia, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Online Etymological Dictionary

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