Meaning of terricolous in English:


Pronunciation /tɛˈrɪkələs/


  • 1Zoology
    (of an animal such as an earthworm) living on the ground or in the soil.

    • ‘The great majority of formicine genera, however, are both terricolous and cocoon-makers.’
    1. 1.1Botany (of a plant, especially a lichen) growing on soil or on the ground.
      ‘Similarly, some terricolous mosses are confined to calcareous soils in polluted areas, but are more widespread in non-polluted areas.’
      • ‘The book starts off with an colourful introduction to the pros and cons of the terms terricolous and epigaeous, and an overview of the terricolous lichen vegetation typology in Italy.’
      • ‘The proposition that tolerance of SO2 by these terricolous mosses depends on metabolic detoxification of dissolved bisulfite was investigated.’
      • ‘The first phase of my research addressed the question ‘do distinct terricolous lichen assemblages occur within these badlands as opposed to a random distribution of species?’’
      • ‘The present paper investigates the hypothesis that accumulation of metal ions from soils by terricolous mosses is important in ameliorating SO 2 toxicity.’


Mid 19th century from Latin terricola ‘earth dweller’ (from terra ‘earth’ + colere ‘inhabit’) + -ous.