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lyrate

[ lahy-reyt, -rit ]

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.


lyrate

/ ˈlaɪərɪt /

adjective

  1. shaped like a lyre
  2. (of leaves) having a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes


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Derived Forms

  • ˈlyrately, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ly·rate·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lyrate1

From the New Latin word lyrātus, dating back to 1750–60. See lyre, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lyrate1

C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre

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Example Sentences

The lowest leaves are not entire, but lyrate and pinnatified below to the mid-rib, with a terminal lobe.

The impalla is about the same size as the Grant's gazelle, but has horns of a lyrate shape.

Lyrate: lyre-shaped: cut into several transverse segments, and gradually enlarging towards the extremity.

The black-cock is a still larger bird; the male with a wonderful metallic, steel-blue plumage, and lyrate tail.

The horns are more or less lyrate, and generally developed in both sexes; there are frequently brushes of hair on the knees.

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