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lyrate

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[lahy-reyt, -rit or lahy-rey-tid]
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adjective
  1. Botany. (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base.
  2. Zoology. having the shape of a lyre, as the tail of certain birds.
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Origin of lyrate

From the New Latin word lyrātus, dating back to 1750–60. See lyre, -ate1
Related formsly·rate·ly, adverb
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lyrate

lyrated

adjective
  1. shaped like a lyre
  2. (of leaves) having a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes
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Derived Formslyrately, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre
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