Terebrate Ter"e*brate, v. t. [L. terebratus, p. p. of terebrare, from terebra a borer, terere to rub.] To perforate; to bore; to pierce. [R.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

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  • terebrate — terˈebrate transitive verb and intransitive verb To bore adjective / brət/ 1. Having scattered perforations 2. (eg of insects) having a boring organ, such as a sting • • • Main Entry: ↑terebra …   Useful english dictionary

  • terebra — n.; pl. bras, brae [L. terebra, borer] 1. A borer or piercer. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) a. In Hymenoptera, the stylets and stylet sheath. b. In Odonata and Hymenoptera, the gonapophyses of segments 8 and 9. 3. (MOLLUSCA) a. In Bivalvia, the… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • terebrant —   a. boring (hole in); pertaining to long thin sharp sea shell.    ♦ terebrate, v.t. bore.    ♦ terebration, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • exterebrate — † exˈterebrate, v. Obs. 0 [f. L. exterebrāt ppl. stem of exterebrāre, f. ex out + terebrāre to bore, f. terebra boring tool, f. terĕre to rub.] trans. To bore out; fig. ‘to search curiously’. 1623–6 in Cockeram. in Bailey vol. II …   Useful english dictionary

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