One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling or having the texture of leather.‘coriaceous leaves’
rough, rugged, wrinkled, wrinkly, furrowed, lined, wizened, weather-beaten, callous, hard, hardened, thickened, gnarled, leather-liketough, hard, hardened, fibrous, gristly, chewy, sinewy, stringy, leather-likeView synonyms
- ‘These species are easily recognizable small plants having coriaceous leaves and short inflorescences bearing shiny vinaceous to yellowish rewardless flowers with Type 1 pollinarium (bearing tegular stipes).’
- ‘External cataphylls of lateral winter buds were round and coriaceous.’
- ‘In addition, the structure of the foliage favors the use of nutrients by a long active life, the retransport of certain nutrients before leaf shedding, and a high polyphenol content and coriaceous nature which reduce herbivory.’
- ‘Leaves were exstipulate, coriaceous, and hypostomatous, and typically had wavy, glandular margins.’
Late 17th century: from late Latin coriaceus (from Latin corium ‘leather’) + -ous.
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