- slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section.
- cylindrical or slightly tapering.
Origin of terete
1610–20; earlier teret < Latin teret- (stem of teres) smooth and round, akin to terere to rub
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Examples from the Web for terete
Terete, long and round; same as cylindrical, only it may taper.
Cylindraceous, approaching to the Cylindrical form, terete and not tapering.
Distinguished from Perichna by the terete plasmodiocarp and by the more spinulose capillitium.The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio
A. P. Morgan
Leaves short, filiform, terete, solid—the channel hardly discernible.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
Grain is small, fusiform, terete and enclosed in the nut-like polished and hardened first glume.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
- (esp of plant parts) smooth and usually cylindrical and tapering
C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub
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