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n. pl. to·men·ta (-tə) Biology
A covering of dense matted hairs.

[Latin tōmentum, cushion stuffing.]


n, pl -ta (-tə)
1. (Botany) a feltlike covering of downy hairs on leaves and other plant parts
2. (Anatomy) a network of minute blood vessels occurring in the human brain between the pia mater and cerebral cortex
[C17: New Latin, from Latin: stuffing for cushions; related to Latin tumēre to swell]
tomentose, tomentous adj


(təˈmɛn təm)

n., pl. -ta (-tə).
a dense covering of woolly or matted hairs, as on a leaf.
[1690–1700; < New Latin tōmentum, Latin: cushion stuffing]
to•men•tose (təˈmɛn toʊs, ˈtoʊ mənˌtoʊs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tomentum - filamentous hairlike growth on a planttomentum - filamentous hairlike growth on a plant; "peach fuzz"
plant process, enation - a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
stinging hair - a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluid
beard - a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
2.tomentum - a network of tiny blood vessels between the cerebral surface of the pia mater and the cerebral cortex
capillary vessel, capillary - any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules