muricate

or mu·ri·cat·ed

[ myoo r-i-keyt or myoor-i-key-tid ]
/ ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪt or ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪ tɪd /

adjective Botany, Zoology.

covered with short, sharp points.

Nearby words

  1. murgeon,
  2. murghob,
  3. muriate,
  4. muriatic,
  5. muriatic acid,
  6. murices,
  7. muriel,
  8. murillo,
  9. murine,
  10. murine opossum

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

/ (ˈmjʊərɪˌkeɪt) /

adjective

biology having a surface roughened by numerous short pointsmuricate stems

Word Origin for muricate

C17: from Latin mūricātus pointed like a murex

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