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Having no hairs or pubescence; smooth: glabrous leaves.

[From Latin glaber, glabr-, bald.]

gla′brous·ness n.


(ˈɡleɪbrəs) or


(Biology) biology without hair or a similar growth; smooth: a glabrous stem.
[C17 glabrous, from Latin glaber]
ˈglabrousness n


(ˈgleɪ brəs)

adj. Biol.
having a surface devoid of hair or pubescence.
[1630–40; < Latin glaber, s. glabr- smooth, hairless; see -ous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.glabrous - having no hair or similar growth; smooth; "glabrous stems"; "glabrous leaves"; "a glabrous scalp"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
hairless - having no hair or fur; "a Mexican Hairless is about the size of a fox terrier and hairless except for a tufts on the head and tail"


adj (Zool) → unbehaart; (liter) youthbartlos
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