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scarious

[skair-ee-uh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. thin, dry, and membranous, as certain bracts; chaffy.

Origin of scarious

1800–10; alteration of scariose < New Latin scariōsus < ?; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for scarious

Historical Examples

  • Leaves it has none, just a scarious brown bract that encloses a part of the stem.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • Small modified leaves, usually thin and scarious, seen in buds and cones; the flakes into which the outer bark often divides.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Other species of Helichrysum and species of allied genera with scarious heads of flowers are also known as “everlastings.”

  • Style, if any, and stigma only one; leaves simple; no scarious bracts around the flowers.

  • Stipules not scarious, leaves palmately cleft or palmately compound.


British Dictionary definitions for scarious

scarious

scariose (ˈskɛərɪˌəʊs)

adjective
  1. (of plant parts) membranous, dry, and brownish in colourscarious bracts

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin
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