or ly·rat·ed

[lahy-reyt, -rit or lahy-rey-tid]
  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.

Origin of lyrate

From the New Latin word lyrātus, dating back to 1750–60. See lyre, -ate1
Related formsly·rate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for lyrate

C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre
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