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Friday, July 25, 2014

laciniate

\luh-SIN-ee-eyt, -it\ , adjective;
1.
Botany, Zoology. cut into narrow, irregular lobes; slashed; jagged.
Quotes:
Plants with entire petals occur mainly in the northern half of the range, whilst plants with crenate to laciniate petals occur mainly in Greece.
-- Edited by T. G. Tutin, Flora Europaea, Volume 1, 1964
An armchair stood by the sofa, but I always avoided it because of its golden satin, the mere sight of which caused a laciniate shiver to branch from my spine like nocturnal lightning.
-- Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, 1966
Origin:
Laciniate entered English in the 1750s from the word lacinia which referred to a jagged part of a leaf.
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