[ rahy-mohs, rahy-mohs ]
/ ˈraɪ moʊs, raɪˈmoʊs /


full of crevices, chinks, or cracks.
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 forms

ri·mose·ly, adverbri·mos·i·ty [rahy-mos-i-tee] /raɪˈmɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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Examples from the Web for rimose

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

British Dictionary definitions for rimose


/ (raɪˈməʊs, -ˈməʊz) /


(esp of plant parts) having the surface marked by a network of intersecting cracks

Derived Forms

rimosely, adverbrimosity (raɪˈmɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for rimose

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


[ rīmōs′, rī-mōs ]


Full of chinks, cracks, or crevices.
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