Definition of rugose in English:


Line breaks: ru¦gose
Pronunciation: /ˈruːgəʊs
, rʊˈgəʊs


chiefly Biology
  • Wrinkled; corrugated: rugose corals
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    • The calcareous algae, stromatoporoids, tabulate corals, and rugose corals became conspicuous reef-builders throughout the tropical seas.
    • Scientists showed that diseases such as Aucuba mosaic, calico mosaic, latent virus, leaf rolling mosaic, mild mosaic, rugose mosaic, and severe mosaic are viral in nature.
    • The leaf texture is quilted, or rugose, because the veins are depressed below the surface.



Pronunciation: /-ˈgɒsɪti/
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  • The reassigned material differs from described species of Exostinus (E. lancensis, E. serratus) in terms of the degree of dermal rugosity.
  • The tibia is slender but not sinuous, and the fibula lacks a proximal rugosity, both characteristics of Stagonolepis.
  • Some rugosity is present on the anterior tips of both fragments, but not on the remainder of the bones as preserved.


late Middle English: from Latin rugosus, from ruga 'wrinkle'.

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