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terete

[ tuh-reet, ter-eet ]

adjective

  1. slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section.
  2. cylindrical or slightly tapering.


terete

/ ˈtɛriːt /

adjective

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


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Other Words From

  • subte·rete adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of terete1

1610–20; earlier teret < Latin teret- (stem of teres ) smooth and round, akin to terere to rub

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Word History and Origins

Origin of terete1

C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub

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Example Sentences

Terete′, cylindrical and tapering, columnar; Tereticau′date, round-tailed.

Pod linear, terete or somewhat 4-sided, the valves being keeled by a mid-nerve.

Pod a short silique or a silicle, varying from oblong-linear to globular, terete or nearly so; valves strongly convex, nerveless.

Pod linear or oblong, nearly terete or 4-sided, with a stout 1-seeded beak or a rigid style; valves 1–5-nerved.

Fruit ovate, glabrous, with equal filiform ribs, and no oil-tubes; stylopodium conical and prominent; seed nearly terete.

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