[ gley-bruh s ]
/ ˈgleɪ brəs /

adjective Zoology, Botany.

having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.

Origin of glabrous

1630–40; < Latin glabr- (stem of glaber) smooth, hairless + -ous

Related forms

sub·gla·brous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glabrous


glabrate (ˈɡleɪbreɪt, -brɪt)

/ (ˈɡleɪbrəs) /


biology without hair or a similar growth; smootha glabrous stem

Derived Forms

glabrousness, noun

Word Origin for glabrous

C17 glabrous, from Latin glaber
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Medicine definitions for glabrous


[ glābrəs ]


Having no hairs or projections, especially on body parts that normally have hair; smooth.

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