- pubescence consisting of longish, soft, entangled hairs pressed close to the surface.
Origin of tomentum
1690–1700; < New Latin tōmentum, Latin: stuffing (of wool, hair, etc.) for cushions
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Examples from the Web for tomentum
Atrotomentosus is from ater, black, and tomentum, woolly or downy.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Head silvery white, frontalia deep black, linear; tomentum of the thorax and of the abdomen more whitish than that of the female.
The upper surface of the pileus is smooth, or sometimes more or less covered with a tomentum similar to that on the margin.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.
George Francis Atkinson
Nothing can exceed the difference between the two, both in shape and tomentum.
The foxy flavor, the tomentum of the leaf, the pulpy flesh, and the usually continuous tendrils are all from Labrusca.The Grapes of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- a feltlike covering of downy hairs on leaves and other plant parts
- a network of minute blood vessels occurring in the human brain between the pia mater and cerebral cortex
C17: New Latin, from Latin: stuffing for cushions; related to Latin tumēre to swell
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- A network of extremely small blood vessels passing between the pia mater and the cerebral cortex.
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