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 (lī′rāt′, -rĭt)
1. Having a form or curvature suggestive of a lyre.
2. Botany Having a pinnately divided leaf with an enlarged terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes.


(ˈlaɪərɪt) or


1. shaped like a lyre
2. (Botany) (of leaves) having a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes
[C18: from New Latin lyrātus, Latin from lyra lyre]
ˈlyrately adv


(ˈlaɪ reɪt, -rɪt)

also ly′rat•ed,

1. (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base.
2. lyre-shaped.
[1750–60; < New Latin]
ly′rate•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lyrate - (of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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It is a short rhizomatous perennial, 3-7 cm tall, and easily separated from other species in Arizona by its often purplish, lyrate basal leaf blades, gradually reduced cauline leaves, and usually solitary heads (Trock, 2006).
If that is the case, the petals will probably prove to be pink or lilac; I know of no yellow-flowered species of Mascagnia with lyrate posterior styles.