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Saturday, April 05, 2014

vittate

\VIT-eyt\ , adjective;
1.
striped longitudinally.
2.
provided with or having a vitta or vittae.
Quotes:
This contrasts sharply with the vegetation of Chemung Lake which is dominated by vittate forms and shows a distinct seasonality.
-- Jerome O. Nriagu, Environmental Impacts of Smelters, 1984
Terms used to describe color patterns include: irrorate—freckled, covered with minute spots; vittate—with longitudinal markings (vittae); fasciate—markings (fasciae) with their longitudinal axis at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the body.
-- D. J. Larson, Yves Alarie, Robert Edward Roughley, Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of the Nearctic Region, 2000
Origin:
Vittate is derived from the Latin word vittātus which meant approximately "fillet-like." It entered English in the early 1800s.
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