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arista

[ uh-ris-tuh ]
/ əˈrɪs tə /
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noun, plural a·ris·tae [uh-ris-tee]. /əˈrɪs ti/.
Botany. a bristlelike appendage of the spikelets of grains or grasses; an awn.
Entomology. a prominent bristle on the antenna of some dipterous insects.
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Origin of arista

1685–95; <Latin: awn, beard or ear of grain; cf. arête

Other definitions for arista (2 of 2)

Arista
[ ah-rees-tah ]
/ ɑˈris tɑ /

noun
Ma·ria·no [mah-ryah-naw], /mɑˈryɑ nɔ/, 1802–55, Mexican general: president of Mexico 1851–53.
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British Dictionary definitions for arista

arista
/ (əˈrɪstə) /

noun plural -tae (-tiː)
a stiff bristle such as the awn of some grasses and cereals
a bristle-like appendage on the antennae of some insects

Derived forms of arista

aristate, adjective

Word Origin for arista

C17: from Latin: ear of corn, fishbone
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