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corky

[kawr-kee] /ˈkɔr ki/
adjective, corkier, corkiest.
1.
of the nature of cork; corklike.
2.
Also, corked. (of wine, brandy, etc.) spoiled, especially by a tainted cork.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; cork + -y1
Related forms
corkiness, noun
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Examples from the web for corky
  • To begin the sealing-off process, the tree grows a corky membrane between each branch and leaf stem.
  • It has small leaves and its twigs generally have two thin corky wings opposite each other.
  • Potatoes infected with late blight are purplish and shrunken on the outside, corky and rotted inside.
  • These pustules then darken and thicken into a light tan to brown corky canker, which is rough to the touch.
  • Bark on smaller branches develops corky wings, or ridges, giving it a gnarly appearance.
  • Gray and generally smooth, with characteristic corky warts and ridges.
Word Origin and History for corky
adj.

early 17c., "light, buoyant" (as cork is), hence, figuratively, of persons "lively;" from cork (n.) + -y (2). Of bottled liquors or wine, "having a flavor of cork," from 1889.

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