One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having hairlike tufts; hairy.
hirsute, shaggy, bushy, hair-covered, long-hairedView synonyms
- ‘The minute branchlets of the yellow thallus produce the irregularly radiated and crinite appearance of the margins of the fruit.’
- ‘Their peduncles are crinite, with shaggy patent hairs.’
- ‘From an underground, thick, oblique rhizome, the short, green, succulent stipites arise, in a tufted form, and are crinite with brown, subulate, shining scales.’
- ‘The branchlets are crinite.’
Late 16th century: from Latin crinitus, past participle of crinire ‘cover or provide with hair’: see -ite.
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