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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.]
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(Botany) (esp of plant parts) smooth and usually cylindrical and tapering
[C17: from Latin teres smooth, from terere to rub]
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(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]
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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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Fruits dehiscent siliques, linear, terete, unsegmented; valves with a prominent midvein and often distinct marginal veins, smooth or rarely torulose; replum rounded; septum complete, often distinctly 1-4-veined; style distinct; stigma capitate, entire or slightly 2-lobed, narrower in diameter than style.
Hojas con arreglo distico en el tallo; estipulas 1.1-1.3 mm de largo, ligulares, pronto caducas; peciolo (1.3-)2-3(-3.8) cm de largo, terete en la base y canaliculado del 1/2 al apice; hojas 3-folioladas; foliolos (2-)3.5-8(-11.5) cm de largo, (1.6-)2.5-5(-7.5) cm de ancho, anchamente ovados o en ocasiones anchamente elipticos, algo discoloros, punteados, la base redondeada a obtusa, en ocasiones algo cuneada, el apice acuminado, en ocasiones obtuso, glabros y brillantes en el haz, moderadamente canescente sericeos en el enves, cartaceos, nervadura primaria y secundarias algo realzadas en el enves, las nervaduras laterales 8-11.
1 mm in diameter, terete, white, the antipetalous ones adnate to the petal for ca.
Grammosperma has angustiseptate fruits whereas Sarcodraba has terete fruits.
Inflorescence terminal, reduced, the spikelets nearly sessile in a single fascicle (ultimately solitary but the peduncles very reduced, mostly 0.3-1 mm long), often other spikelets peduncled, forming 2-3 subcontiguous fascicles, the peduncle ascending, compressed-trigonous to more or less terete, smooth or slightly antrorsely scabrous distally; the complete inflorescence 0.8-3 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, with 1-3 involucral bracts, the primary exceeding the inflorescence, setaceous, 2.716 cm long.
2.5 cm in diameter, sessile but elongate; floral bracts foliaceous, distinctly exceeding the flowers; flowers 35-40 mm long (with extended petals), fragrant, distinctly pedicelate, pedicels terete to slightly complanate, 3-5 x 1.5-3 mm; sepals ovate-lanceolate, apex acuminate and recurved, 10-15 x 3-3.5 mm, connate for 3-5 mm, pale green, ecarinate, glabrous, nerved, thin in texture, entire or remotely and sparsely denticulate; petals subspatulate, apex acute, 25-33 x 8.5-9 mm, white, distinctly exceeding the stamens, connate for 7-13 mm in a common tube with the filaments and style, bearing 2 well developed lateral callosities ca.
Este ultimo taxon es diferente de Doryopteris pedata (L.) Fee, de las Antillas, distinguiendose por su peciolo terete o semiterete, sin alas o costillas en los angulos del peciolo y por sus segmentos basales igual o mas largos y divididos que el segmento apical.
Eleocharis densa is usually represented in herbaria by specimens with very flattened culms, but it has terete culms when fresh; plants of E.
the paratype #2) white-lanate to glabrescent with age, smooth, terete, 20-30 cm long, ca.
Stems rarely terete and woody to tips, but usually flexuose, internodally decurrent and compressed for 6-10 internodes below apices, herbaceous parts abundantly glandular, 0.2-0.3 mm long, capitula red or yellow, prominent to the stellate-tomentulose layer.