[ri-toos, -tyoos]


having an obtuse or rounded apex with a shallow notch, as leaves.

Origin of retuse

1745–55; < Latin retūsus (past participle of retundere to make blunt), equivalent to re- re- + tud-, variant stem of tundere to beat, strike + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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botany having a rounded apex and a central depressionretuse leaves

Word Origin for retuse

C18: from Latin retundere to make blunt, from re- + tundere to pound
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