One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: that has been described or identified. Now chiefly: that may be described easily; having distinctive features. Usually contrasted with nondescript.
A species, genus, etc., which has already been described or identified. Also in extended use. Compare "nondescript". rare.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin dēscriptus, past participle of dēscrībere describe.
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