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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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