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1. Botany See vein.
2. Zoology See vein.

[French, from Old French nerveure, strap, from nerf, sinew, from Latin nervus; see nerve.]


1. (Zoology) entomol any of the stiff chitinous rods that form the supporting framework of an insect's wing; vein
2. (Botany) botany any of the veins or ribs of a leaf
[C19: from French; see nerve, -ure]


(ˈnɜr vyʊər)

a vein, as of a leaf or the wing of an insect.
[1810–20; < French: rib. See nerve, -ure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nervure - any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
fibrovascular bundle, vascular bundle, vascular strand - a unit strand of the vascular system in stems and leaves of higher plants consisting essentially of xylem and phloem
midrib, midvein - the vein in the center of a leaf
2.nervure - one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
rib - a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
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He says, "It is remarkable for having a sort of drum at the base of the fore wings, between the costal nervure and the subcostal.
Areas between nervure in plants are yellow by zinc deficient.
We measured the leaf blade length through principal nervure (L), the leaf blade maximum width perpendicular to principal nervure (W) and the real leaf blade area (LA) for each kind of leaflet, using the Portable Area Meter Licor Mod.