Retuse Re*tuse", a. [L. retusus, p. p. : cf. F. r['e]tus. See {Retund}.] (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Having the end rounded and slightly indented; as, a retuse leaf. [1913 Webster]

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  • retuse — [ri to͞os′, rityo͞os′] adj. [L retusus, dull, pp. of retundere, to beat back < re , back + tundere, to strike: see OBTUND] Bot. having a blunt or rounded apex with a small notch, as some leaves …   English World dictionary

  • retuse — adjective Etymology: Latin retusus blunted, from past participle of retundere to pound back, blunt, from re + tundere to beat, pound more at contusion Date: circa 1753 having the apex rounded or obtuse with a slight notch …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • retuse — adj. [L. retusus, blunt] Terminating in a round end or apex with a slight depression …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • retuse — /ri toohs , tyoohs /, adj. having an obtuse or rounded apex with a shallow notch, as leaves. [1745 55; < L retusus (ptp. of retundere to make blunt), equiv. to re RE + tud , var. s. of tundere to beat, strike + tus ptp. suffix, with dt > s] * * * …   Universalium

  • retuse — adjective Having a rounded apex with small central notch …   Wiktionary

  • retuse — re·tuse …   English syllables

  • retuse — re•tuse [[t]rɪˈtus, ˈtyus[/t]] adj. bot having an obtuse or rounded apex with a shallow notch, as leaves • Etymology: 1745–55; < L retūsus, ptp. of retundere to make blunt =re re +tundere to beat, strike …   From formal English to slang

  • retuse — /rəˈtjus/ (say ruh tyoohs) adjective (of a leaf, etc.) having an obtuse or rounded apex with a shallow notch. {Latin retūsus, past participle, blunted} …   Australian English dictionary

  • retuse —   a. having a blunt end with a central notch, as some leaves …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • retuse — adj. esp. Bot. having a broad end with a central depression. Etymology: L retundere retus (as RE , tundere beat) …   Useful english dictionary

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