One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The patterning on the back is lyrate (boomerang shaped ridges over the shoulder and on the back) with small orange-capped warts.’
- ‘The posterior canal is slightly developed and the lip is lyrate within.’
- ‘The male differs greatly from the female in colour, and in the form of its tail, which is lyrate, or has the outer feathers longer and curved outwards.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin lyra ‘lyre’ + -ate.
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