Definition of chartaceous in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɑːˈteɪʃəs/


Thin, dry, or flimsy like paper; papery.
Example sentences
  • It is a shrub with chartaceous leaves.
  • In these specimens the scales are long, linear, chartaceous, and erect.
  • 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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