One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly of the skin or a leaf) free from hair or down; smooth.
- ‘There are two types of human skin - glabrous (without hair) and hair-bearing.’
- ‘It was also noticed that many areas of the labellum surface, especially the median region, are glabrous and smooth.’
- ‘Fruits of this species are glabrous achenes, with sepals modified into plumose bristles and are frequently wind-dispersed.’
- ‘The essential oil from glabrous leaves consists mostly of a blend of several sesquiterpenes, of which germacrene-D and beta-caryophyllene are the major components.’
- ‘The regions of glabrous skin that have these epidermal ridges are especially richly supplied with cutaneous sensory nerves.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin glaber, glabr- ‘hairless, smooth’ + -ous.
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