One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The posterior canal is slightly developed and the lip is lyrate within.’
- ‘The patterning on the back is lyrate (boomerang shaped ridges over the shoulder and on the back) with small orange-capped warts.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin lyra ‘lyre’ + -ate.
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