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muricate

[myoo r-i-keyt] /ˈmyʊər ɪˌkeɪt/
adjective, Botany, Zoology
1.
covered with short, sharp points.
Also, muricated.
Origin of muricate
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin mūricātus like a murex, equivalent to mūric- (stem of mūrex) murex + -ātus -ate1
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muricate

/ˈmjʊərɪˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
(biology) having a surface roughened by numerous short points: muricate stems
Word Origin
C17: from Latin mūricātus pointed like a murex
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