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[skwar-ohs, skwo-rohs]
adjective Biology.
  1. denoting any rough or ragged surface.
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Origin of squarrose

First recorded in 1750–60, squarrose is from the Latin word squarrōsus scurfy, scaly
Related formssquar·rose·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Squarrose, where scales, leaves, or any appendages spread widely from the axis on which they are thickly set.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for squarrose


  1. biology having a rough surface, caused by the presence of projecting hairs, scales, etc
  2. botany having or relating to parts that are recurvedsquarrose bracts
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin squarrōsus scabby
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