[gley-bruh s]
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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. 2018

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glabrate (ˈɡleɪbreɪt, -brɪt)

  1. 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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glabrous in Medicine


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