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terete

[tuh-reet, ter-eet] /təˈrit, ˈtɛr it/
adjective
1.
slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section.
2.
cylindrical or slightly tapering.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; earlier teret < Latin teret- (stem of teres) smooth and round, akin to terere to rub
Related forms
subterete, adjective
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  • The terete leaf sheaths are bladeless, and shining or light brown in color.
British Dictionary definitions for terete

terete

/ˈtɛriːt/
adjective
1.
(esp of plant parts) smooth and usually cylindrical and tapering
Word Origin
C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub
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