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muricate

or mu·ri·cat·ed

[myoo r-i-keyt or myoor-i-key-tid]
adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. covered with short, sharp points.
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Origin of muricate

1655–65; < Latin mūricātus like a murex, equivalent to mūric- (stem of mūrex) murex + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for muricate

muricate

muricated

adjective
  1. biology having a surface roughened by numerous short pointsmuricate stems
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Word Origin for muricate

C17: from Latin mūricātus pointed like a murex
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