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[rahy-mohs, rahy-mohs]
  1. full of crevices, chinks, or cracks.
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Also ri·mous [rahy-muh s] /ˈraɪ məs/.

Origin of rimose

1720–30; < Latin rīmōsus full of cracks, equivalent to rīm(a) cleft, crack, chink + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsri·mose·ly, adverbri·mos·i·ty [rahy-mos-i-tee] /raɪˈmɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples of rimose

  • The pileus is pulvinate-ungulate, much dilated, deeply sulcate; cinnamon, then brown or blackish; very much cracked or rimose.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

British Dictionary definitions for rimose


  1. (esp of plant parts) having the surface marked by a network of intersecting cracks
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Derived Formsrimosely, adverbrimosity (raɪˈmɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for rimose

C18: from Latin rīmōsus, from rīma a split, crack
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rimose in Medicine


(rīmōs′, rī-mōs)
  1. Full of chinks, cracks, or crevices.
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