- spindle-shaped; rounded and tapering from the middle toward each end, as some roots.
Origin of fusiform
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Examples from the Web for fusiform
The root is fusiform and fleshy, and is the part most valued.The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)
Bidentata has two denticles, fusiform and reddish-brown, as are all.Our British Snails
John William Horsley
The heart is fusiform, and is divided by numerous constrictions into chambers.The Insect World
Antenn slender, the club elongated, fusiform, and compressed.Zoological Illustrations, Volume I
Fusiform, like radishes, when thicker in the middle, tapering at both ends.
- elongated and tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped
C18: from Latin fūsus spindle
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Word Origin and History for fusiform
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- Tapering at each end; spindle-shaped.
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