adjective Zoology, Botany.
having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.
Origin of glabrous
1630–40;Related formssub·gla·brous, adjective
< Latin glabr-
(stem of glaber
) smooth, hairless + -ous
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Related Words for glabrousnaked
Examples from the Web for glabrous
Historical Examples of glabrous
Pileus fleshy, convex, glabrous, grayish-red or chestnut-color.
The ligule is a distinct membrane and the nodes are glabrous.
The leaf-sheath is glabrous or nearly so, with hairs at the mouth.
The second glume is ovate-lanceolate, membranous, glabrous and 3-nerved.
The leaf-sheath is loose, glabrous, striate, margins not ciliate.
British Dictionary definitions for glabrous
glabrate (ˈɡleɪbreɪt, -brɪt)
Derived Formsglabrousness, noun
biology without hair or a similar growth; smootha glabrous stem
Word Origin for glabrous
C17 glabrous, from Latin glaber
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Word Origin and History for glabrous
1630s, from Latin glaber "hairless, smooth, bald" (see glad).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Having no hairs or projections, especially on body parts that normally have hair; smooth.
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