Part of speech: noun

A flowerless plant growing flat upon a surface, as of a rock.

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Usage examples "lichen":

  1. But they remained where they were, the girl framed by the doorway, the lithe little figure in khaki and lichen- coloured helmet looking up at her from the foot of the two front steps. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  2. Sometimes, especially at the base of the nest, a little moss is attached exteriorly, but, as a rule, there is nothing but lichen. - "The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1", Allan O. Hume.
  3. Moss and green lichen had been scoured from the bases of the great weather- beaten pillars. - "The Valiants of Virginia", Hallie Erminie Rives.