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[proo-uh-nohs] /ˈpru əˌnoʊs/
adjective, Botany, Zoology
covered with a frostlike bloom or powdery secretion, as a plant surface.
Origin of pruinose
1820-30; < Latin pruīnōsus frosty, equivalent to pruīn(a) frost (akin to freeze) + -ōsus -ose1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pruinose
  • Older males develop a pale pruinose blue color dorsally and more slowly laterally on the thorax and over the entire abdomen.
  • Females become pruinose, but much more slowly than males.
  • Mature males are pruinose blue on the thorax and abdomen.
British Dictionary definitions for pruinose


/ˈpruːɪˌnəʊs; -ˌnəʊz/
(botany) coated with a powdery or waxy bloom
Word Origin
C19: from Latin pruīnōsus frost-covered, from pruīna hoarfrost
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