One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural mucrones, Plural mucrosZoology Botany
A short sharp point at the end of a part or organ.
- ‘In addition, the posterior plate of this chiton shows a distinct mucro.’
- ‘Posterior is indicated by the mucro on the tail plate, by the sweep of the hollow lateral spines toward the tail plate and by the sweep of the plates when seen in both dorsal and lateral views.’
- ‘The leaves, in rosettes, have a mucro or spine at the tip.’
- ‘Furthermore, juveniles with a long antennule and a mucro were classified as being of the species Bosmina coregoni.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, ‘sharp point’.
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