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Lying flat or pressed closely against something, as hairs on certain plant stems.

[From Latin appressus, past participle of apprimere, to press down : ad-, ad- + premere, to press; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


pressed closely against, but not joined to, a surface: leaves appressed to a stem.
[C18: from Latin appressus, from apprimere, from premere to press]



pressed closely against or fitting closely to something.
[1785–95; < Latin appress(us), past participle of apprimere to press to (ap- ap-1 + -primere, comb. form of premere to press1) + -ed2]
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Adj.1.appressed - pressed close to or lying flat against somethingappressed - pressed close to or lying flat against something; "adpressed hairs along the plant's stem"; "igneous rocks...closely appressed by this force"-L.V.Pirsson
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"
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1) are appressed to the other leaves so only their abaxial surfaces are visible.
1 and 2) with vestiture of vertex appressed with piliform scales; frons with elongate scales; ocelli absent [Meyrick (1905) erroneously stated that Stachyotis possessed ocelli on the head]; antenna filiform in both sexes; flagellomere with 2 whorls of elongate scales; labial palpus slightly upcurved, 1st segment 2 x as long as 2nd, 2nd segment as long as 3rd; maxillary palpus 4-segmented; proboscis naked.
In sporogenous tissue, the cells are polygonal and tightly appressed, completely filling the locular space.
4 to 5 mm wide, pedicellate, with a persistent calyx of five sepals and gynoecium of two superior carpels; the styles, where preserved, are persistent and appressed to one another or free.
Antennae: predominantly pale brown, with distal 1/5 of segment II, distal half of segment III, and all of segment IV darker, segment I bearing 3 erect spinose golden setae, all segments thickly covered with short, appressed pale setae, lengths of segments I-IV = 0.
The setae on the frons and the dorsal part of the scape are much longer and erect in males, whereas they are short and virtually appressed in females (Figs 9, 11).
Surface of the ground around plants was uneven and changed among years due to erosion, and plants often leaned significantly or grew between closely appressed and uneven rocks.
5) mm long, globose to ovoid, with obtuse, apiculate apex, conspicuously pitted, white or gray, with tufts or lines of minute, yellowish to purplish hairs; hypogynium distinctly 3-lobed, the lobes oblong to lanceolate, apex obtuse to subacute, appressed to achene base.
If the tax bill of pounds 1,331,072 is not paid, then Cardiff City would face a High Court appressed pearance on August 11 - just three days after their Championship opener with Sheffield United.
The bracts are very dense at the lower half and imbricate, then they move apart more, so that the scape remains uncovered to the node, at the same time they become thinner and lanceolate; the uppermost are appressed to the stem.
Stems glabrous or appressed strigose; legumes glabrous to strigose____2