Definition of lyrate in English:


Line breaks: lyr¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪreɪt


  • Lyre-shaped.
    More example sentences
    • The male differs greatly from the female in colour, and in the form of its tail, which is lyrate, or has the outer feathers longer and curved outwards.
    • The patterning on the back is lyrate (boomerang shaped ridges over the shoulder and on the back) with small orange-capped warts.
    • The posterior canal is slightly developed and the lip is lyrate within.


mid 18th century: from Latin lyra 'lyre' + -ate2.

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