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erose

[ih-rohs]
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adjective
  1. uneven, as if gnawed away.
  2. Botany. having the margin irregularly incised as if gnawed, as a leaf.
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Origin of erose

1785–95; < Latin ērōsus, past participle of ērōdere. See erode
Related formse·rose·ly, adverb
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Related Words

incised, serrated, serrate, notched, emarginated, erose, denticulate, toothed

Examples from the Web for erose

Historical Examples

  • In some grasses it is a distinct membrane narrow or broad, with an even, truncate or erose margin, or finely ciliate.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The fourth glume is narrow, ciliate, nerveless or rarely 1-nerved, erose or bifid at the top.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar


British Dictionary definitions for erose

erose

adjective
  1. jagged or uneven, as though gnawed or bittenerose leaves
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Derived Formserosely, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin ērōsus eaten away, from ērōdere to erode
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Word Origin and History for erose

adj.

1793, from Latin erosus, past participle of erodere (see erosion).

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