noun (plural tomenta /-tə/)Botany
- A layer of matted woolly down on the surface of a plant.More example sentences
- Setae type range from being thin and highly branched, forming dense tomenta, to being broad and spatulate.
- Leaves lack the thick tomentum beneath the leaf that characterizes the white linden.
- With its thick tomentum and indumentum and its pointed dark green leaves, with its dense growth habit, and with its pretty flowers, it is a major asset to any garden.
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- Each inflorescence bears numerous, small flowers with widely spreading tepals, tomentose on the outer surface, and a labellum with well-developed side lobes.
- Both the corolla and calyx are fairly rigid and tomentose externally.
- The petals are bright Indian-orange, silvery tomentose outside and glossy inside.
Pronunciation: /təˈmɛntəʊs, ˈtəʊ-/adjective
late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'cushion stuffing'.
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