muricate

[ myoor-i-keyt ]
/ ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪt /

adjective Botany, Zoology.

covered with short, sharp points.

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Also mu·ri·cat·ed [myoor-i-key-tid] /ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪ tɪd/ .

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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