follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

glabrous

[gley-bruh s] /ˈgleɪ brəs/
adjective, Zoology, Botany
1.
having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin glabr- (stem of glaber) smooth, hairless + -ous
Related forms
subglabrous, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for glabrous
  • Blade upper surfaces glabrous except for long hairs at the bases and lower margins.
  • glabrous skin on the human body, glabrous skin is skin that is hairless.
British Dictionary definitions for glabrous

glabrous

/ˈɡleɪbrəs/
adjective
1.
(biology) without hair or a similar growth; smooth: a glabrous stem
Derived Forms
glabrousness, noun
Word Origin
C17 glabrous, from Latin glaber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for glabrous
adj.

1630s, from Latin glaber "hairless, smooth, bald" (see glad).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
glabrous in Medicine

glabrous gla·brous (glā'brəs)
adj.
Having no hairs or projections, especially on body parts that normally have hair; smooth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for glabrous

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for glabrous

11
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for glabrous