lichen
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek leichēn, lichēn, from leichein to lick Date: circa 1657 1. any of several skin diseases characterized by a papular eruption 2. any of numerous complex plantlike organisms made up of an alga and a fungus growing in symbiotic association on a solid surface (as a rock) • lichened adjectivelichenous adjective

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  • lichen — [ likɛn ] n. m. • 1363 lichines; mot lat., gr. leikhên, littéralt « qui lèche » 1 ♦ Méd. Vx Dermatose caractérisée par la présence de papules. Mod. Lichen plan : maladie cutanée de cause inconnue, bien individualisée par une éruption disséminée… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • LICHEN — (от греч. leichen лишай), название, унаследованное от Гиппократа и Галена и употреблявшееся в дерматологической литературе 18 и 19 вв. для обозначения самых разнообразных кожных заболеваний, главным же образом в смысле, придаваемом ему Вилланом… …   Большая медицинская энциклопедия

  • Lichen — ist die wissenschaftliche Bezeichnung für die Lebensform Flechte. in der Medizin die Bezeichnung für verschiedene nichtinfektiöse Hauterkrankungen, die in der Regel mit einem kleinpapulösem Exanthem einhergehen Einige Formen sind: Lichen pilaris… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lichen — LICHÉN, licheni, s.m. 1. (La pl.) Grup de plante inferioare ale caror tal este compus dintr o ciupercă şi o algă aflate în simbioză, care cresc pe scoarţa arborilor bătrâni, pe ziduri, pe stânci, etc.; (şi la sg.) plantă care face parte din acest …   Dicționar Român

  • Lichen — Li chen (l[imac] k[e^]n; 277), n. [L., fr. Gr. leichh n.] 1. (Bot.) One of a class of cellular, flowerless plants, (technically called {Lichenes}), having no distinction of leaf and stem, usually of scaly, expanded, frond like forms, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lichen — c.1600, from L. lichen, from Gk. leichen, originally what eats around itself, probably from leichein to lick (see LICK (Cf. lick)). Originally used of liverwort; the modern sense first recorded 1715. Related: Lichenaceous …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lichen — Lichen, bei Linné Gattungsname für die Flechten, jetzt nur noch in der pharmazeut. Terminologie gebräuchlich (z.B. L. islandĭcus für Isländ. Moos u.a.). – In der Medizin s.v.w. Schwindflechte (Hautkrankheit) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • lichen — The dominant pronunciation of the plant name is liy kǝn (as liken), although lich ǝn is also heard in BrE (though not in AmE) …   Modern English usage

  • lichen — ► NOUN ▪ a simple plant consisting of a fungus living in close association with an alga, typically growing as a crust or covering on rocks, walls, and trees. DERIVATIVES lichened adjective lichenous adjective. ORIGIN Greek leikh n …   English terms dictionary

  • lichen — [lī′kən] n. [L < Gr leichēn, prob. < leichein, to LICK] 1. any of various small plants composed of a particular fungus and a particular alga growing in an intimate symbiotic association and forming a dual plant, commonly adhering in colored …   English World dictionary

  • Lichen — For other uses, see Lichen (disambiguation). Lichenes from Ernst Haeckel s Artforms of Nature, 1904 …   Wikipedia

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