Lich to Liedertafel
(Lich) a. Like. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.
Lich fowl (Zoöl.), the European goatsucker; called also lich owl. Lich gate, a covered gate
through which the corpse was carried to the church or burial place, and where the bier was placed to
await the clergyman; a corpse gate. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. Lich wake, the wake, or watching, held
over a corpse before burial. [Prov Eng.] Chaucer. Lich wall, the wall of a churchyard or burying
ground. Lich way, the path by which the dead are carried to the grave. [Prov. Eng.]
(Lich) n. [AS. lic body. See Like, a.] A dead body; a corpse. [Obs.]
(Li"chen) 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 sometimes erect or pendulous and
variously branched. They derive their nourishment from the air, and generate by means of spores. The
species are very widely distributed, and form irregular spots or patches, usually of a greenish or yellowish
color, upon rocks, trees, and various bodies, to which they adhere with great tenacity. They are often
improperly called rock moss or tree moss.
A favorite modern theory of lichens (called after its inventor the Schwendener hypothesis), is that they
are not autonomous plants, but that they consist of ascigerous fungi, parasitic on algæ. Each lichen is
composed of white filaments and green, or greenish, rounded cells, and it is argued that the two are of
different nature, the one living at the expense of the other. See Hyphæ, and Gonidia.
2. (Med.) A name given to several varieties of skin disease, esp. to one characterized by the eruption
of small, conical or flat, reddish pimples, which, if unchecked, tend to spread and produce great and
even fatal exhaustion.
(Li"chened) a. Belonging to, or covered with, lichens. Tennyson.
Lichenic acid. (a) An organic acid, C14H24O3, obtained from Iceland moss. (b) An old name of
(Li*chen"ic) a. Of, pertaining to, or obtained from, lichens.
(Li*chen"i*form) a. Having the form of a lichen.
(Li"chen*in) n. (Chem.) A substance isomeric with starch, extracted from several species of
moss and lichen, esp. from Iceland moss.
(Li`chen*o*graph"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. lichénographique.]
Of or pertaining to lichenography.
(Li`chen*og"ra*phist) n. One who describes lichens; one versed in lichenography.
(Li`chen*og"ra*phy) n. [Lichen + -graphy: cf. F. lichénographie.] A description of lichens; the
science which illustrates the natural history of lichens.
(Li`chen*ol"o*gist) n. One versed in lichenology.
(Li`chen*ol"o*gy) n. [Lichen + -logy.] The science which treats of lichens.
(Li"chen*ous) a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, lichens; abounding in lichens; covered with
lichens. G. Eliot.
(Li"chi`) n. (Bot.) See Litchi.
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