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acerose

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[ as-uh-rohs ]
/ ˈæs əˌroʊs /
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adjective Botany.

needle-shaped, as the leaves of the pine.

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Origin of acerose

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1775–85; special sense of acerose2, by misattribution of acer- to Latin acus needle, whose stem is acu- and not acer- (cf. acute)

Definition for acerose (2 of 2)

acerose2
[ as-uh-rohs ]
/ ˈæs əˌroʊs /

adjective

resembling chaff.
mixed with chaff.

Origin of acerose

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1715–25; <Latin acerōsus, equivalent to acer- (stem of acus) chaff + -ōsus-ose1
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British Dictionary definitions for acerose

acerose

acerous

/ (ˈæsəˌrəʊs, -ˌrəʊz) /

adjective

shaped like a needle, as pine leaves

Word Origin for acerose

C18: from Latin acerōsus full of chaff (erroneously used by Linnaeus as if derived from ācer sharp)
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