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pruinose

[ proo-uh-nohs ]
/ ˈpru əˌnoʊs /
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adjective Botany, Zoology.

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

Nearby words

prudently, prudery, prudhoe bay, prudish, prudishly, pruinose, prune, prune-belly syndrome, prunella, prunelle, prunello

Origin of pruinose

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

/ (ˈpruːɪˌnəʊs, -ˌnəʊz) /

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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