scarious

[ skair-ee-uh s ]
/ ˈskɛər i əs /

adjective Botany.

thin, dry, and membranous, as certain bracts; chaffy.

Origin of scarious

1800–10; alteration of scariose < New Latin scariōsus < ?; see -ous
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scarious

scariose (ˈskɛərɪˌəʊs)

/ (ˈskɛərɪəs) /

adjective

(of plant parts) membranous, dry, and brownish in colourscarious bracts

Word Origin for scarious

C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin
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