- a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, especially one of a number in parallel arrangement: striae of muscle fiber.
- Mineralogy. any of a series of parallel lines or tiny grooves on the surface of a crystal, indicative of the mode of growth.
- Architecture. a flute on the shaft of a column.
Origin of stria
1555–65; < Latin: furrow, channel
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- Also called: striation geology any of the parallel scratches or grooves on the surface of a rock caused by abrasion resulting from the passage of a glacier, motion on a fault surface, etc
- fine ridges and grooves on the surface of a crystal caused by irregular growth
- biology anatomy a narrow band of colour or a ridge, groove, or similar linear mark, usually occurring in a parallel series
- architect a narrow channel, such as a flute on the shaft of a column
C16: from Latin: a groove
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Word Origin and History for stria
plural striae, 1560s, from Latin stria "a furrow, flute of a column;" see striation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A thin, narrow groove or channel.
- A thin line or band, especially one of several that are parallel or close together.
- A thin line, band, stripe, or streak distinguished from the tissue in which it is found; a striation.
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