One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped.
- ‘The bodies of catsharks are fusiform (cylindrical, tapering at the ends) to slightly depressed.’
- ‘Labellar papillae show greater diversity, and may be conical, obpyriform, villiform, fusiform or clavate.’
- ‘The most conspicuous features of these elongate fusiform actinopterygians consist of one or two rows of anamestic supraorbital bones, a mosaic of suborbitals, and the presence of two rows of extrascapulars in one species.’
- ‘The Pisaniinae comprise ovate to fusiform gastropods whose shells are sculptured with axial ribs and finer spiral cords and threads.’
- ‘Sharp, low ridges delimit fusiform areas along the body surface with fine transverse striation recognizable in places.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin fusus ‘spindle’ + -form.
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