acerose

1
[as-uh-rohs]

adjective Botany.

needle-shaped, as the leaves of the pine.

Nearby words

  1. acerb,
  2. acerbate,
  3. acerbic,
  4. acerbity,
  5. acerola,
  6. acerous,
  7. acervate,
  8. acervuline,
  9. acervulus,
  10. acescent


Origin of acerose

1
1775–85; special sense of acerose2, by misattribution of acer- to Latin acus needle, whose stem is acu- and not acer- (cf. acute)

acerose

2
[as-uh-rohs]

adjective

resembling chaff.
mixed with chaff.

Origin of acerose

2
1715–25; < Latin acerōsus, equivalent to acer- (stem of acus) chaff + -ōsus -ose1

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British Dictionary definitions for acerose

acerose

acerous

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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