Sericeous
Sericeous Se*ri"ceous, a. [L. sericus silken, sericum Seric stuff, silk, fr. Sericus belonging to the Seres, Gr. ???, a people of Eastern Asia, the modern Chinese, celebrated for their silken fabrics. Cf. {Silk}, {Serge} a woolen stuff.] 1. Of or pertaining to silk; consisting of silk; silky. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Covered with very soft hairs pressed close to the surface; as, a sericeous leaf. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Having a silklike luster, usually due to fine, close hairs. [1913 Webster]


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  • sericeous — [sə rish′əs] adj. [LL sericeus < L sericum, silken garment < sericus: see SERGE] 1. of or like silk; silky 2. Bot. covered with fine, silky hairs …   English World dictionary

  • sericeous — adjective Etymology: Late Latin sericeus silken, from Latin sericum silk garment, silk, from neuter of sericus silken, from Greek sērikos, from Sēres, an eastern Asian people, probably the Chinese Date: circa 1777 covered with fine silky hair <… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sericeous — /si rish euhs/, adj. 1. silky. 2. covered with silky down, as a leaf. [1770 80; < L sericeus. See SERIC , EOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • sericeous — se·ri·ceous || sɪ rɪʃəs adj. silky; covered with silky hair; pubescent, (about a leaf) covered with soft downy hairs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sericeous —   With fine hairs giving a silky texture, e.g. the cataphylls of Cycas diannanensis or the emerging leaves of Zamia hamannii.   See also hirsute, lanate, pilose, pubescent, tomentose.   Cf. glabrous, nitidus …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • sericeous — se·ri·ceous …   English syllables

  • sericeous — se•ri•ceous [[t]sɪˈrɪʃ əs[/t]] adj. 1) silky 2) bot covered with silky down, as a leaf • Etymology: 1770–80; < LL sēriceus < L sēric(us) Chinese, silken (< Gk sērikós, der. of Sḗr member of a Far Eastern people, appar. the Chinese) …   From formal English to slang

  • sericeous — /səˈrɪʃəs/ (say suh rishuhs) adjective 1. silky. 2. covered with silky down, as a leaf. {Latin sēriceus} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sericeous — adj. Bot. & Zool. covered with silky hairs. Etymology: LL sericeus silken …   Useful english dictionary

  • Symphyotrichum sericeum — Taxobox name = Symphyotrichum sericeum image width = 250px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Asterales familia = Asteraceae tribus = Astereae genus = Symphyotrichum species = S. sericeum binomial =… …   Wikipedia

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