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coriaceous Line breaks: cori|aceous
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒrɪˈeɪʃəs/

Definition of coriaceous in English:


Resembling or having the texture of leather: coriaceous leaves
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  • These species are easily recognizable small plants having coriaceous leaves and short inflorescences bearing shiny vinaceous to yellowish rewardless flowers with Type 1 pollinarium (bearing tegular stipes).
  • Leaves were exstipulate, coriaceous, and hypostomatous, and typically had wavy, glandular margins.
  • In addition, the structure of the foliage favors the use of nutrients by a long active life, the retransport of certain nutrients before leaf shedding, and a high polyphenol content and coriaceous nature which reduce herbivory.


Late 17th century: from late Latin coriaceus (from Latin corium 'leather') + -ous.

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