One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having branches; branched.‘ramose corals’
- ‘Bioclasts have mixed orientation, but large ammonoids and ramose corals are invariably concordant.’
- ‘One of these species, a ramose form with thin branches, was not found in the coral reef zone lower in the section.’
- ‘As with ramose colonies, frondose forms were weakened when Sanctum laurentiensis mined out large chambers.’
- ‘In the root mantle, the borings are somewhat ramose and wind around the roots in the ground tissue.’
- ‘The coral reef horizon is 19 m thick and, based on observation of weathered exposures of some of the massive and ramose coral colonies, it probably had a meter or more of relief on its surface at the peak of reef development.’
Late 17th century: from Latin ramosus, from ramus ‘branch’.
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