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Biology Circular in cross section; cylindrical, sometimes with tapering ends: a terete stem.

[From Latin teres, teret-, rounded; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Botany) (esp of plant parts) smooth and usually cylindrical and tapering
[C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub]


(təˈrit, ˈtɛr it)

1. slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section.
2. cylindrical or slightly tapering.
[1610–20; earlier teret < Latin teret-, s. of teres smooth and round]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.terete - especially of plant parts; cylindrical and tapering
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
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0 m long, rachis scales thick, subulate, terete, widely spreading; abaxial surfaces of rachises and costae with hairs 0.
TERETE A Marine woodworm B Smooth and cylindrical C Form of divination who am I?
Antennae terete, slender, surpassing frontoclypeal suture, with both segment elongate, pedicel covered with short sturdy bristles and 14-16 irregularly arranged sensorial structures.
They agree with that species in the robustness of head and body, relatively blunt snout, strongly ctenoid scales restricted to the posterior two-thirds of body (and no cycloid scales on body or head) much better than with any of the species of the terete, relatively sharp-snouted Microphilypnus.
The leaf base is almost terete in cross section (Fig.
Legume dark gray, slightly curved, nearly terete in cross section, not constricted between seeds, oblong, 50-100 by 10-15 mm, coriaceous, not striate, glabrous, eglandular, indehiscent; stipe <10 mm long, apex narrowing to a spine-like beak 10-20 mm long.
Although the carmine basic coloration and strongly terete and lamellate antennal segment II of Ellacapsus enable to be easily distinguished from superficially similar phyline genera, the systematic position of this new genus remains unclear.
Achenes roundly trigonous to terete, globose or ellipsoid; surface smooth, tuberculate (warty), pitted, or lobed, rarely pubescent; hypogynium disk-like, lobed or entire, sometimes absent.
They are all simple, completely terete cylinders that can only have been made from the humerus, the upper wing bone (Fig.
5 mm appendages adnate to the petals for 8-12 mm; stamens completely exposed at anthesis, erect; filaments terete, white, the antesepalous ones free, the antepetalous ones shortly adnate to the petals; anthers linear, 8-10 mm long, filiform at anthesis, fixed near the base, distinctly shorter than the petals; pollen narrowly ellipsoid, sulcate, exine broadly reticulate, lumina subrounded, muri narrowed; style slightly shorter than the petals, white; stigma conduplicate-spreading, blades slightly contorted with recurved apices, densely papillose, white, ca.
The white sucker, Catostomus commersonii (Laccpede) is a slender, terete fish with heavily papillose lips and very small scales that reaches a maximum length and weight of 635 mm and 3.
Terete, wings absent 6 Cuticle Striated 7 Trichomes covering Present, conical, unicellular 8 Glandular trichomes Present; stalk unicellular; head multicellular (4-cells) 9 Chlorenchyma Present 10 Collenchyma Present 11 Endodermis Indistinct 12 Pericyclic fibers Present 13 Phloem fibers Present in old stem only 14 Pith Often an angular hollow cells pitted in older stem Leaf structure 1 Phyllotaxy Alternate 2 Shape Linear, lower / Oblanceolate, upper elliptic 3 Size 12-38 x 5-10 mm 4 Apex Obtuse-muronate 5 Surface Hairy Midrib 1 Outline in T.