crustose
adjective Etymology: Latin crustosus crusted, from crusta Date: circa 1879 having a thin thallus adhering closely to a substrate (as of rock, bark, or soil) <
crustose lichens
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compare foliose, fruticose

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Crustose — A crustose lichen, Caloplaca marina Crustose is a habit of some types of algae in which the plant grows tightly appressed to a substrate forming a biological layer of the adhering organism. Some species of marine algae of the Rhodophyta, in… …   Wikipedia

  • crustose — adjective (of lichens) having a thin crusty thallus that adheres closely to the surface on which it is growing crustose lichens • Pertains to noun: ↑crust …   Useful english dictionary

  • crustose — /krus tohs/, adj. Bot., Mycol. forming a crusty, tenaciously fixed mass that covers the surface on which it grows, as certain lichens. Cf. foliose, fruticose. [1875 80; < L crustosus covered with a crust, equiv. to crust(a) CRUST + osus OSE1] * * …   Universalium

  • crustose — adjective /ˈkɹʊs.təʊs,ˈkɹʊs.toʊs/ Of a lichen, growing tightly appressed to the substrate …   Wiktionary

  • crustose — [ krʌstəʊs] adjective Botany (of a lichen or alga) forming or resembling a crust. Origin C19: from L. crustosus, from crusta (see crust) …   English new terms dictionary

  • crustose — crus·tose …   English syllables

  • crustose — crus•tose [[t]ˈkrʌs toʊs[/t]] adj. fng bot forming a crusty, tenaciously fixed mass that covers the surface on which it grows, as certain lichens • Etymology: 1875–80; < L crustōsus covered with a crust, der. of crust(a) crust …   From formal English to slang

  • crustose thallus — noun thin crusty lichen thallus; adheres closely to or is embedded in the surface on which it grows • Hypernyms: ↑thallus …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Coralline algae — Temporal range: Early Cretaceous–recent[1][2][3] …   Wikipedia

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