Definition of pruinose in English:

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pruinose

Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞oəˌnōs/

adjective

chiefly Botany
(Of a surface, such as that of a grape) covered with white powdery granules; frosted in appearance.
Example sentences
  • In L. forcipatus, it was completely pruinose (covered ventrally, laterally and dorsally) 72.5% of the time; L. disjunctus was never completely pruinescent, and never covered dorsally.
  • Main branches have a pruinose bark; twigs are either glabrous, pruinose or hairy. Phyllodes are greyish-green or glaucous, occasionally pruinose.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin pruinosus, from pruina 'hoarfrost'.

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Syllabification: pru·i·nose

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