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muricate

Syllabification: mu·ri·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͝oriˌkāt, -kit
 
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(also muricated)

Definition of muricate in English:

adjective

Botany & Zoology
Studded with short rough points.
Example sentences
  • For example, a specimen-dependent (not species-dependent) character such as the pustules of the muricate texture ranks first from the ninth harmonic.
  • The group was initially characterized by small and globular taxa with a muricate funnel-pore wall texture.
  • When dried, the emergences are sometimes difficult to see, resembling flattened, near-hyaline scales or giving the calyx wall a muricate or roughened appearance.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin muricatus 'shaped like a murex'.

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