One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural indumentaZoology Botany
A covering of hairs (or feathers) on an animal or plant.
- ‘New foliage covered with indumentum which remains on the undersides of the leafs.’
- ‘An excellent compact plant with pale green leaves felted with brown indumentum on the reverse.’
- ‘An indumentum was noted in the inflorescence region or in the upper part of the stem.’
- ‘Capitulum bracts are spiny and coated with a dense white arachnoidal indumentum.’
- ‘Morphological characters including the glandular indumentum and cream flower colour suggest that A. ambiguum is close to A. graniticum.’
- ‘The leaves have a thin fawn to gray indumentum on the underside and are not shiny on the upper surface.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘garment’, from induere ‘put on, don’.
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