terete

[tuh-reet, ter-eet]

Origin of terete

1610–20; earlier teret < Latin teret- (stem of teres) smooth and round, akin to terere to rub
Related formssub·te·rete, adjective
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terete

adjective
  1. (esp of plant parts) smooth and usually cylindrical and tapering

Word Origin for terete

C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub
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