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Lying flat or pressed closely against something, as hairs on certain plant stems.

[From Latin appressus, past participle of apprimere, to press down : ad-, ad- + premere, to press; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


pressed closely against, but not joined to, a surface: leaves appressed to a stem.
[C18: from Latin appressus, from apprimere, from premere to press]



pressed closely against or fitting closely to something.
[1785–95; < Latin appress(us), past participle of apprimere to press to (ap- ap-1 + -primere, comb. form of premere to press1) + -ed2]
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Adj.1.appressed - pressed close to or lying flat against somethingappressed - pressed close to or lying flat against something; "adpressed hairs along the plant's stem"; "igneous rocks...closely appressed by this force"-L.V.Pirsson
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"
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Hapas lack a vestigial fruit and emerge in the axils of tightly appressed leaves within the transition zone between the peduncle and the stem.
Male and female flagellomeres barrel-shaped, with row of strong setae and circumfila appressed to flagellomeres (Figs.
A complex ectophallic aedeagal sheath envelops the aedeagal valves as in Aresceutica, but is much less robust and is closely appressed to the endophallic valves, to which it is attached but not so extensively fused as in Aresceutica.
1 cm long, puberulent to glabrescent externally; calyx lobes 4-5 mm long, oblong, appressed pubescent on both sides, margins ciliate, calyx bilaterally symmetrical, lateral sepals reclinated in outline; petal limbs ca.
110 Short curved appressed unlignified hairs with up to two short basal cells and one long apical cell on carpels (0) absent, (1) present.
Pileus 3-9cm wide, convex to hemispherical to flattened; margins straight and flaring to slightly deflexed, sometimes irregular; pileal veil white, cottony, collapsing with age and finally evanescent; pileus surface moist to viscid, yellowish white to pale yellow to yellowish brown, scales brown colored appressed fibrillose throughout the surface, more prominent towards the margin.
Of course the thousands of people - the poor and the appressed - with whom she worked knew her and loved her well.
The species is recognized by its glossy brown color, the convex and [+ o -] appressed, asymmetrical leaves with an expanded ventral portion of the lamina and an auriculate base without or with a short tooth.
The mycelia were white at first, slightly raised, thin and translucent, with some appressed opaque white areas.
Finally, a markedly appressed leaf position was a consistent feature of all the Cryphaeaceae.
On the first day of anthesis, the flowers were functionally male; the fused anthers extended upward and were dehisced with the style retracted within the staminal tube and the stigmadc lobes appressed. On the second day of anthesis, the florets were functionally female with the style elongated and stigmatic lobes open and recurved.
The ostiola of fig species associated with extant Hexapus morphotypes, have an entrance morphology not found in other fig groups, and are usually protracted at the bottom of a cavity in the apex of the syconium (Berg, 2009); they have several layers of superficial interlocking horizontal appressed bracts; (spiral entrance), followed by a series of inflexed bracts pointing inwards into the syconial cavity; (linear entrance).