adjective Botany, Zoology.

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

Origin of pruinose

1820–30; < Latin pruīnōsus frosty, equivalent to pruīn(a) frost (akin to freeze) + -ōsus -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pruinose

Historical Examples of pruinose

  • The stem is slender, wavy, same color as the pileus, pruinose at the apex.

  • Spring-shoots multinodal, pruinose; branchlets pliant and tough.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • Pruinose, Pruinate, frosted; covered with a powder like hoar-frost.

  • The cuticle is sometimes covered with fibres, or with a bloom upon it (pruinose).

    Among the Mushrooms

    Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin

  • Spring-shoots slender, pruinose; branchlets very pliant and tough, summer-shoots abundant.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for pruinose



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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