pruinose

[proo-uh-nohs]
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adjective Botany, Zoology.

covered with a frostlike bloom or powdery secretion, as a plant surface.

Nearby words

  1. prudently,
  2. prudery,
  3. prudhoe bay,
  4. prudish,
  5. prudishly,
  6. prune,
  7. prune-belly syndrome,
  8. prunella,
  9. prunelle,
  10. prunello

Origin of pruinose

1820–30; < Latin pruīnōsus frosty, equivalent to pruīn(a) frost (akin to freeze) + -ōsus -ose1

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British Dictionary definitions for pruinose

pruinose

adjective

botany coated with a powdery or waxy bloom

Word Origin for pruinose

C19: from Latin pruīnōsus frost-covered, from pruīna hoarfrost

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