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mucro

[myoo-kroh]
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noun, plural mu·cro·nes [myoo-kroh-neez] /myuˈkroʊ niz/. Botany, Zoology.
  1. a short point projecting abruptly, as at the end of a leaf.
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Origin of mucro

1640–50; < New Latin, Latin mucrō sharp point
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Examples from the Web for mucro

Historical Examples

  • The leaves are deciduous, and they are ovate, slightly hairy, and terminate in a mucro or stiff point.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • The tail of this description of pup is in many instances armed with a mucro, or sharp point, emerging from its upper side.

  • In the genus Blaps F., the mucro that arms the apex of each elytrum is longer in the former sex than in the latter.

  • Sometimes the cox of the last mentioned sex are distinguished from those of the female by being armed by a mucro or spine.

  • Page 301: with a minute mucro, sub-chartaceous, puncticulate, strongly Changed puncticulate to punctulate.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar


British Dictionary definitions for mucro

mucro

noun plural mucrones (mjuːˈkrəʊniːz)
  1. biology a short pointed projection from certain parts or organs, as from the tip of a leaf
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin mūcrō point
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