lyrate
adjective Date: circa 1760 having or suggesting the shape of a lyre <
the lyrate horns of the impala
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  • Lyrate — Ly rate, Lyrated Ly ra*ted, a. [NL. lyratus. See {Lyre}.] 1. (Bot.) Lyre shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base; as, a lyrate leaf. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lyrate — [lī′rāt΄] adj. [ModL lyratus] shaped like or suggestive of a lyre: also lyrated …   English World dictionary

  • lyrate — adjective a) Shaped like a lyre. The passage of time could only enhance his tenderness for the creature he clasped, this adored creature, whose motion was now more supple, whose haunches had grown more lyrate, whose hair ribbon he had undone. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • lyrate — adj. [L. lyra, lyre] Lyre shaped; spatulate and oblong with small lobes toward the base …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • lyrate — lyrately, adv. /luy rayt, rit/, adj. 1. Bot. (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base. 2. Zool. lyre shaped, as the tail of certain birds. Also, lyrated. [1750 60; < NL lyratus. See LYRE, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • lyrate — lyre shaped Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • lyrate — [ lʌɪreɪt] adjective Biology lyre shaped …   English new terms dictionary

  • lyrate — ly·rate …   English syllables

  • lyrate — ly•rate [[t]ˈlaɪ reɪt, rɪt[/t]] also ly′rat•ed adj. 1) bot (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base 2) zool. lyre shaped • Etymology: 1750–60; < NL ly′rate•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • lyrate — /ˈlaɪəreɪt/ (say luyuhrayt), / rət/ (say ruht) adjective 1. Botany (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base. 2. Zoology lyre shaped, as the tail of certain birds. Also, lyrated …   Australian English dictionary

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