saxi-, sax-

(Latin: rock, rocky, stone, broken rock, rough stone)

calcosaxicole (verb), calcosaxicoles; calcosaxicoled; calcosaxicoling
Inhabiting rocky limestone areas.
saxatile
Living or growing among rocks.
saxicava, saxicavid
Any species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Saxicava.

Some of the species are noted for their power of boring holes in limestone and similar rocks.

saxicavous
saxicole (verb), saxicoles; saxicoled; saxicoling: rocks, stones
Dwelling, inhabiting, or growing among stony places; something that lives on or among rocks.
saxicoline (adjective), more saxicoline, most saxicoline
Of, relating to, or characteristic of those creatures, or plants, that grow on or live among rocks.
saxicolous (adjective), more saxicolous, most saxicolous
1. Referring to living in, on, or among rocks: "As a graduate student, Tim studied saxicolous lichens above the tree line in three different parts of the mountains in Colorado."
2. Etymology: from Latin, saxum, "rock" and -colous, "living" or "growing in or on" and it has been traced back to Latin -cola, meaning "inhabitant".

Other words with the same suffix were coined in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe the flora and fauna of the world.

saxifragaceous
saxifragant (s) (noun), saxifragants (pl)
1. An agent that breaks up or dissolves calculi or a concretion of minerals formed within the body; especially, in the kidney or gallbladder.
2. That which breaks or destroys stones.
saxifrage
saxifragous (adjective), more saxifragous, most saxifragous
A reference to dissolving or breaking up stones; especially, dissolving stones in the bladder.
saxitoxin
1. A poisonous substance produce in mussels and clams which have fed on member of the genus Gonyaulax and related dinoflagellates.
2. A neurotoxin produced by the red tide dinoflagellates, Gonyaulax catenella and G. Tamarensis.

It binds to the sodium channel, blocking the passage of action potentials. Its action closely resembles that of tetrodotoxin. The toxin was originally isolated from the clam, Saxidomus giganteus.

Related "stone, rock" word families: lapid-; litho-; petro-; stele-.