[ tuh-reet, ter-eet ]
/ təˈrit, ˈtɛr it /


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

Origin of terete

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

Related forms

sub·te·rete, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terete


/ (ˈtɛriːt) /


(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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