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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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Leaves mostly opposite or subopposite but sometimes alternate or ternate; lamina of larger leaves 7-15 mm long, 2-4 mm wide, narrowly ovate (elliptical), rounded at base, acute at apex, loosely sericeous on both sides with the very fine hairs 2-3 mm long, straight, appressed or somewhat spreading, the abaxial surface with some hairs persistent, the adaxial surface glabrescent in age; glands absent from surface of lamina but sometimes represented by one columnar or clavate marginal structure on each side, 0.
Gynoecium with a conical ovary, densely sericeous, 0.
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.
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