Definition of lyrate in English:

lyrate

adjective

Biology
  • Lyre-shaped.

    • ‘The patterning on the back is lyrate (boomerang shaped ridges over the shoulder and on the back) with small orange-capped warts.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin lyra lyre + -ate.

Pronunciation:

lyrate

/ˈlʌɪreɪt/