[gley-bruh s]

adjective Zoology, Botany.

having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.

Nearby words

  1. glabella,
  2. glabellum,
  3. glaber,
  4. glabrate,
  5. glabrescent,
  6. glace,
  7. glace bay,
  8. glacial,
  9. glacial acetic acid,
  10. glacial drift

Origin of glabrous

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

Related formssub·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)


biology without hair or a similar growth; smootha glabrous stem
Derived Formsglabrousness, noun

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).

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Medicine definitions for glabrous




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

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