Muricate Mu"ri*cate, Muricated Mu"ri*ca`ted, a. [L. muricatus, fr. murex a pointed rock or stone.] Formed with sharp points; full of sharp points or of pickles; covered, or roughened, as a surface, with sharp points or excrescences. [1913 Webster]

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  • muricate — [myoor′i kit, myoor′əkāt΄] adj. [< L muricatus, pointed, shaped like a purple fish < murex,MUREX] rough, with short, sharp points: also muricated …   English World dictionary

  • muricate — adj. [L. murex, a pointed stone] Formed with sharp elevated points; covered with sharp points …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • muricate — /myoor i kayt /, adj. Bot., Zool. covered with short, sharp points. Also, muricated. [1655 65; < L muricatus like a murex, equiv. to muric (s. of murex) MUREX + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • muricate — adjective Covered with crystals …   Wiktionary

  • muricate — adj. (Botany and Zoology) prickly, having sharp points …   English contemporary dictionary

  • muricate —   With numerous short, hard outgrowths, e.g. the small, sharp teeth of the leaflet margins of Zamia muricata …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • muricate — mu·ri·cate …   English syllables

  • muricate — mu•ri•cate [[t]ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪt[/t]] also mu′ri•cat ed adj. bot zool. covered with short, sharp spines or prickles • Etymology: 1655–65; < L mūricātus like a murex =mūric (s. of mūrex) murex+ ātus ate I …   From formal English to slang

  • muricate — /ˈmjurəkeɪt/ (say myoohruhkayt) adjective 1. shaped like the murex. 2. covered with short, hard pointed protuberances. {Latin mūricātus} …   Australian English dictionary

  • muricate —   a. prickly.    ♦ muriculate, a. having small prickles …   Dictionary of difficult words

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