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[si-tey-shuh s]
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  1. bristlelike; bristle-shaped.
  2. having bristles.
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Origin of setaceous

From the New Latin word sētāceus, dating back to 1655–65. See seta, -aceous
Related formsse·ta·ceous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for setaceous

Historical Examples

  • Bisetose -ous: with two bristle-like or setaceous appendages.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Setaceous: bristle-shaped: slender, gradually tapering to a tip.

  • On dry hills a close tufted grass, with setaceous leaves, and in rich soils creeping and luxuriant with broad leaves.


    H. Marshall Ward

  • The long-awned species of Festuca have compact stiff panicles and narrow or setaceous leaves (see p. 111).


    H. Marshall Ward

  • The antenn are about an inch long, slender, setaceous, and gradually diminishing from the base to the extremities.

setaceous in Medicine


  1. Having or consisting of bristles; bristly.
  2. Resembling bristles or a bristle.
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