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adj. Biology
Covered with soft silky hairs.

[Latin sēriceus, silken, alteration of sēricus; see serge1.]


1. (Botany) covered with a layer of small silky hairs: a sericeous leaf.
2. (Botany) silky
[C18: from Late Latin sēriceus silken, from Latin sēricus; see serge]


(sɪˈrɪʃ əs)

1. silky.
2. covered with silky down, as a leaf.
[1770–80; < Late Latin sēriceus < Latin sēric(us) Chinese, silken (< Greek sērikós, derivative of Sḗr member of a Far Eastern people, appar. the Chinese)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sericeous - covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
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Dorsal vestiture very sparse, mostly very small, decumbent, silvery, simple to weakly sericeous setae, and frequently erect bristlelike setae.
triangular, soft, thinly sericeous or lacking tomentum, 60-90 mm long.
3 mm, densely villous outside, densely sericeous inside at base, corolla densely retorsely puberulous or villous outside, glabrous inside, tube 3.
This large Holarctic genus is primarily diagnosed by the following characters: body variable in coloration, not exhibiting green tinge, oval to elongate oval, with length 3-6 mm, sometimes shortened and broadened in 9; dorsal surface with simple setae and woolly or sericeous, scalelike setae that are very easily abraded; pronotum, scutellum and hemelytra weakly shagreened, usually with densely distributed, scalelike setae and simple, darker setae; metafemur rather tumid; male genital segment usually with a longitudinal, mesal keel ventrally; endosoma generally C-shaped, not strongly twisted, with rather complex apical region.