[ skwar-ohs, skwo-rohs ]
/ ˈskwær oʊs, skwɒˈroʊs /

adjective Biology.

denoting any rough or ragged surface.

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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Examples from the Web for squarrose

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

British Dictionary definitions for squarrose


/ (ˈskwærəʊz, ˈskwɒ-) /


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

Word Origin for squarrose

C18: from Latin squarrōsus scabby
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