- needle-shaped, as the leaves of the pine.
Origin of acerose1
- resembling chaff.
- mixed with chaff.
Origin of acerose2
1715–25; < Latin acerōsus, equivalent to acer- (stem of acus) chaff + -ōsus -ose1
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- shaped like a needle, as pine leaves
C18: from Latin acerōsus full of chaff (erroneously used by Linnaeus as if derived from ācer sharp)
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