One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hornlike; horny.‘the skeleton is formed of a corneous substance’
- ‘During the final growth stage, the culture is exposed to air to promote the formation of a corneous layer - similar to the upper layer of human skin.’
- ‘This termination may be further modified by a covering of corneous material which appears black or dark brown even in the fossil record.’
- ‘In these animals, lipids are deposited into spaces between cells, where they become organized into distinct sandwiched layers within the epidermis's corneous tissues (consisting primarily of fibrous keratin proteins).’
- ‘The hard corneous tip of the tongue may get wrapped in the cuticle, instead of spearing through the skin.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin corneus (from cornu ‘horn’) + -ous.
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