retuse

[ ri-toos, -tyoos ]
/ rɪˈtus, -ˈtyus /

adjective

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for retuse

retuse
/ (rɪˈtjuːs) /

adjective

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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