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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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