Definition of chartaceous in English:


Line breaks: char|ta¦ceous
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈteɪʃəs


  • Thin, dry, or flimsy like paper; papery.
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    • Since the pod of the pigeon pea is chartaceous rather than succulent, the lesions are more like spots than cankers.
    • The nest of this wasp he found attached to a small bush, and about the size of a man's head, being covered with a chartaceous envelope, like that of European wasps.
    • It has always seemed to me, Madam, that that same jaw-bone must have been either prodigiously strong and tough, or else the Philistine crania must have been of very chartaceous texture.


mid 17th century: from late Latin chartaceus, from Latin charta 'paper, papyrus leaf' (see card1) + -eous.

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