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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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These two nervures, moreover, have a peculiar screw-like diaphragm or vessel in the interior.
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