Definitions for "Lichen"
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 fungus and an alga (or a cyanobacterium) living in symbiotic association.
Plant-like colonies of fungi and algae that grow on the exposed surface of rocks. Lichen grow at a constant rate within a single geographic area.
Encyclopaedia Britannica 2002
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.
Keywords:  planus, enlarged, syndrome, sores, skin
planus syndrome: A skin disease
Any of various skin diseases characterized by sores and enlarged skin markings.
Keywords:  special, organism, type
a special type of organism