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lyrate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lyrate (of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lyrate (Bot) Lyre-shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base; as, a lyrate leaf.
    • Lyrate (Zoöl) Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that of the lyre bird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lyrate Resembling a lyre; having the form or curves of a lyre; lyre-shaped. In ornithology, applied to the tail of the lyre-bird, Menura superba, and of the blackcock, Tetrao or Lyrurus tetrix; in entomology, to insects or parts which approach the form of a lyre or lyrate leaf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Lyrate (bot.) lyre-shaped
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. lyratus,. See Lyre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. lyra—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Its horns are of the lyrate form, and its colour a bright rufous.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
Lower leaves mostly lyrate, incised, or pinnatifid.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The horns are lyrate in the male, absent in the female.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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