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[mid-rib] /ˈmɪdˌrɪb/
noun, Botany.
the central or middle rib of a leaf.
Origin of midrib
First recorded in 1690-1700; mid- + rib1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The midribs are removed and the segments are rolled into round bundles, say by fives.

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • They are usually twice pinnatifid, the pinnules being connected by a very narrow foliaceous border along the midribs.

    Beautiful Ferns Daniel Cady Eaton
  • Leaves long and narrow; the veins and midribs green; the head is greenish, and generally covered by the leaves.

  • The leaves are large, with the midribs and veins red; and the branches and pedicels are also of a dark reddish purple.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Also, she had ten coils of dewarra (cowrie shells threaded on the midribs of the coco-nut leaf, and used as the native currency).

  • The midribs and stalks of the leaves are also stewed and eaten as sea-kale, under the name of Swiss chard.

  • The midribs are removed while green, and the leaves are rolled into bundles of convenient size, say by fives.

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • The segments are removed from the midribs, rolled into bundles and boiled in clear water for about three hours.

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • The stem of the plant, which arises in the usual way, has no conducting strand and the leaves may or may not have midribs.

  • The bases of the midribs widen out and wrap round the stem like a kind of sheath, as almost all leaf-stalks do to some extent.

British Dictionary definitions for midribs


the main vein of a leaf, running down the centre of the blade
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midribs in Science
The central or main vein of a leaf, as in eudicots, magnoliids, and ferns. Midribs generally protrude from the underside of leaves with pinnate venation. See more at venation.
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