22 November 2009


This wet word washed up in a comment to a poem by Fred Longworth, called "Pelagia," at Wild Poetry Forum. I know I've seen it before, even knew what it meant in a vague way, but still, littoral could be such great pun.

"We found littorally hundreds of clams."


Littoral Lit"to*ral, a. [L. littoralis, litoralis, from
littus, litus, the seashore: cf. F. littoral.]
1. Of or pertaining to a shore, as of the sea.
[1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) Inhabiting the seashore, esp. the zone between
high-water and low-water mark.
[1913 Webster]

-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

adj : of or relating to a coastal or shore region
n : the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean [syn: litoral,
littoral zone,
-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

78 Moby Thesaurus words for "littoral":
aquatic, balneal, bank, beach, benthic zone, berm, bordering,
borderline, boundary, bounding, coast, coastal, coastland,
coastline, deep-sea, determinant, determinative, determining,
embankment, estuarine, estuarine area, extreme, foreshore,
fringing, frontier, grallatorial, intertidal zone, ironbound coast,
lido, limbic, liminal, limit, limiting, marginal, natant,
natatorial, natatory, pelagic zone, plage, playa, rimming,
riparial, riparian, riparious, riverside, riviera, rockbound coast,
sands, sea margin, seabank, seabeach, seaboard, seacliff, seacoast,
seashore, seaside, shingle, shore, shoreline, shoreside, shoreward,
skirting, splash zone, strand, sublittoral, submerged coast,
supralittoral, swimming, terminal, threshold, tidal, tidewater,
water-dwelling, water-growing, water-living, water-loving,
waterfront, waterside

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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