Definition of terete in English:

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terete

Pronunciation: /təˈrēt/ /ˈterˌēt/

adjective

chiefly Botany
Cylindrical or slightly tapering, and without substantial furrows or ridges.
Example sentences
  • As the leaf grows and becomes terete, the older leaf embraces it by the increasingly curved sheath.
  • In addition, each lobe is somewhat twisted so that it gives the superficial impression of a terete structure that is stigmatic everywhere.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin teres, teret- 'rounded off'.

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