One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bearing bristles or setae; bristly.
- ‘A setose lobster has distinct hairs on the swimmerets under its tails, indicating breeding condition.’
- ‘The antennae are setose, the legs slender, with cerci that are usually rather short.’
- ‘From a subset of each group the Dufour's gland and later setose membrane were dissected by removing the sting apparatus with blunt forceps.’
- ‘With its finely setose appendages, G. tigrinus may be capable of suspension-feeding, as has been reported for other nontubicolous amphipods.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin seta ‘bristle’ + -ose.
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