One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wrinkled; corrugated.‘rugose corals’
- ‘The calcareous algae, stromatoporoids, tabulate corals, and rugose corals became conspicuous reef-builders throughout the tropical seas.’
- ‘Scientists showed that diseases such as Aucuba mosaic, calico mosaic, latent virus, leaf rolling mosaic, mild mosaic, rugose mosaic, and severe mosaic are viral in nature.’
- ‘The leaf texture is quilted, or rugose, because the veins are depressed below the surface.’
Late Middle English: from Latin rugosus, from ruga ‘wrinkle’.
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