Definition of terete in English:


Syllabification: te·rete
Pronunciation: /təˈrēt, ˈterˌēt


chiefly Botany
  • Cylindrical or slightly tapering, and without substantial furrows or ridges.
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    • 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.


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

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