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[ri-toos, -tyoos]
  1. 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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Historical Examples of retuse

  • Retuse, blunted; the apex not only obtuse but somewhat indented, 54.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Retuse: ending in an obtuse sinus or broad, shallow notch, terminated by an obtuse hollow.

  • Retuse, with rounded summit slightly indented, forming a very shallow notch, as in Fig. 137.

British Dictionary definitions for retuse


  1. botany having a rounded apex and a central depressionretuse leaves
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Word Origin for retuse

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