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adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. rough with stiff hairs, bristles, or minute spines.
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Origin of hispid

1640–50; < Latin hispidus rough, shaggy; akin to hirsute
Related formshis·pid·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The variety F. heterophylla has narrower and longer "seeds," and a hispid rachilla.


    H. Marshall Ward

  • They are all hispid plants, very disagreeable to handle, and are generally of rank growth.

  • The leaf-sheaths are loose, hispid with tubercle-based hairs, or glabrous, with mouth contracted.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Becoming plane, vermillion-red, externally paler, hispid towards the margin with straight black hairs.

British Dictionary definitions for hispid


  1. biology covered with stiff hairs or bristles
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Derived Formshispidity, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin hispidus bristly
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