One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Covered with or characterized by branlike scales.
dry, flaky, flaking, peeling, scurfy, rough, scabrous, mangy, scabiousView synonyms
- ‘The stem of this species is 70-100 × 9-20 mm, narrowing upward, solid or stuffed, white, smooth and glabrous at first, becoming finely furfuraceous towards the base.’
- ‘Small scars, with furfuraceous, dry and gray exfoliation on round and linear zones of 20-25 x 4-5 cm., were observed in the submammalian region.’
- ‘There is a single persistent bract subtending each pedicel and the seeds are crescent shaped and ridged along the margins but not undulate or furfuraceous.’
- ‘Fifty subjects suffering from scalp seborrhea and furfuraceous desquamation took part in this clinical trial.’
- ‘They are recognized by dark, ridged, pitted, usually conic-shaped caps, the margin fused to the stipe, or somewhat overlapping, and a whitish to cream-buff, furfuraceous stipe with folds at the base.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin furfuraceus (from Latin furfur ‘bran’) + -ous.
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