terete
adjective Etymology: Latin teret-, teres well turned, rounded; akin to Latin terere to rub — more at throw Date: circa 1619 approximately cylindrical but usually tapering at both ends <
a terete seedpod
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  • terete — (del lat. «teres, ĕtis») adj. Aplicado a personas, *robusto. * * * terete. (Del lat. teres, ĕtis, rollizo). adj. p. us. Rollizo, duro y de carne fuerte …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Terete — Te*rete , a. [L. teres, etis, rounded off, properly, rubbed off, fr. terere to rub.] Cylindrical and slightly tapering; columnar, as some stems of plants. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terete — (Del lat. teres, ĕtis, rollizo). adj. p. us. Rollizo, duro y de carne fuerte …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • terete — [te rēt′, ter′ēt΄] adj. [L teres (gen. teretis), round, smooth, orig., rubbed < terere, to rub: see THROW] Biol. of or having a circular shape when cross sectioned or a cylindrical shape that tapers at each end …   English World dictionary

  • terete — sub·terete; terete; …   English syllables

  • terete — round in cross section and tapering …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • terete — /teuh reet , ter eet/, adj. 1. slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section. 2. cylindrical or slightly tapering. [1610 20; earlier teret < L teret (s. of teres) smooth and round, akin to terere to rub] * * * …   Universalium

  • terete — adjective Having a smooth circular cross section and a tapering form …   Wiktionary

  • terete — [tə ri:t] adjective chiefly Botany smooth and cylindrical or slightly tapering. Origin C17: from L. teres, teret rounded off …   English new terms dictionary

  • terete —   Solid structure which is circular in cross section; cylindrical or nearly so, e.g. the petioles of most cycad species.   Cf. semiterete …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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