One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Free from hair or down; smooth.
bald, bald-headedView synonyms
- ‘The young twigs are glabrate, or only sparingly pubescent.’
- ‘I must add that the leaves of Q. serrata are glabrate as they get old.’
- ‘The mature leaves are glabrate on both sides.’
- ‘The very glabrate phase of the plant seems worthy of distinction.’
- ‘It is a glabrate plant with linear herbaceous leaves.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin glabratus, past participle of glabrare ‘make bald or smooth’.
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