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Living rock   /lˈɪvɪŋ rɑk/   Listen
Living rock

Usually unbranched usually spineless cactus covered with warty tubercles and having magenta flowers and white or green fruit; resembles the related mescal; northeastern Mexico and southwestern United States.  Synonym: Ariocarpus fissuratus.
Highly succulent stemless clump-forming plants with grey-green leaves similar in texture to lumps of granite; South Africa.  Synonyms: living granite, stone mimicry plant.

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"Living rock" Quotes from Famous Books

... lowlands on the borders of the ocean. The former was much the more difficult achievement, from the character of the country. It was conducted over pathless sierras buried in snow; galleries were cut for leagues through the living rock; rivers were crossed by means of bridges that swung suspended in the air; precipices were scaled by stairways hewn out of the native bed; ravines of hideous depth were filled up with solid masonry; in short, all the difficulties that beset ...
— History Of The Conquest Of Peru • William Hickling Prescott

... clearly, and opposite, at the end of the hall, a large crypt is revealed, which one divines instinctively must be the resting-place of the Pharaoh. What a prodigious labour must have been entailed by this perforation of the living rock! And this hypogeum is not unique. All along the "Valley of the Kings" little insignificant doors—which to the initiated reveal the "Sign of the Shadow," inscribed on their lintels—lead to other subterranean places, just as sumptuous and ...
— Egypt (La Mort De Philae) • Pierre Loti

... the bed of clay; and then a sloping shelf, which, with much labour, we deepened and flattened, conducted us not unsafely some five-and-twenty or thirty feet along the face of the precipice proper. A second series of steps, painfully scooped out of the living rock, and which passed within a few yards of a range of herons' nests perched on a hitherto inaccessible platform, brought us down some five-and-twenty or thirty feet more; but then we arrived at a sheer descent of about twenty feet, at which Johnstone looked rather blank, though, on my ...
— My Schools and Schoolmasters - or The Story of my Education. • Hugh Miller

Words linked to "Living rock" :   Ariocarpus, succulent, genus Pleiospilos, genus Ariocarpus, Pleiospilos, cactus

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