adjective Botany, Zoology.
covered with short, sharp points.
Also, muricated.

1655–65; < Latin mūricātus like a murex, equivalent to mūric- (stem of mūrex) murex + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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muricate or muricated (ˈmjʊərɪˌkeɪt)
biology having a surface roughened by numerous short points: muricate stems
[C17: from Latin mūricātus pointed like a murex]
muricated or muricated
[C17: from Latin mūricātus pointed like a murex]

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