spindle-shaped; rounded and tapering from the middle toward each end, as some roots.
Origin of fusiform
1740–50;Related formssub·fu·si·form, adjective
< Latin fūs(us
) spindle + -i-
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Examples from the Web for fusiform
Historical Examples of fusiform
The root is fusiform and fleshy, and is the part most valued.
Bidentata has two denticles, fusiform and reddish-brown, as are all.
The heart is fusiform, and is divided by numerous constrictions into chambers.
Antenn slender, the club elongated, fusiform, and compressed.
Fusiform, like radishes, when thicker in the middle, tapering at both ends.
British Dictionary definitions for fusiform
elongated and tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped
Word Origin for fusiform
C18: from Latin fūsus spindle
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Word Origin and History for fusiform
"spindle-shaped," 1746, from Latin fusus "spindle" (see fuse (n.)) + -form.
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Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.
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