One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Long and straight with incurved edges, so as to resemble a gutter or channel. Also: having a longitudinal groove or channel; having minute grooves or tubes.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in James Lee (1715–1795), nurseryman. From classical Latin canāliculātus channelled, grooved (Pliny; 1751 or earlier in scientific Latin) from canāliculus + -ātus.
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