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lyrate

[ lahy-reyt, -rit ]
/ ˈlaɪ reɪt, -rɪt /
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adjective
Botany. (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base.
Zoology. having the shape of a lyre, as the tail of certain birds.
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Also ly·rat·ed [lahy-rey-tid] /ˈlaɪ reɪ tɪd/ .

Origin of lyrate

From the New Latin word lyrātus, dating back to 1750–60. See lyre, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM lyrate

ly·rate·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lyrate

lyrate

lyrated

/ (ˈlaɪərɪt) /

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

Derived forms of lyrate

lyrately, adverb

Word Origin for lyrate

C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre
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