[lahy-reyt, -rit or lahy-rey-tid]
- 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.
Origin of lyrate
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Examples from the Web for lyrate
Its horns are of the lyrate form, and its colour a bright rufous.
The lowest leaves are not entire, but lyrate and pinnatified below to the mid-rib, with a terminal lobe.
The black-cock is a still larger bird; the male with a wonderful metallic, steel-blue plumage, and lyrate tail.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
It is strongly characterized by the lyrate shape of the horns and certain anatomical features.The Rocky Mountain Goat
Lyrate: lyre-shaped: cut into several transverse segments, and gradually enlarging towards the extremity.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- shaped like a lyre
- (of leaves) having a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes
C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre