One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of leaves, petals, etc.: somewhat erose; having the margin slightly denticulate, as if bitten. Also (of a plant): having leaves of this type.
Having the appearance of cork; corky in form or texture.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Mason Good (1764–1827), physician and surgeon. From sub- + erose, after scientific Latin suberosus<br>early 19th century. From suber + -ose, after scientific Latin suberosus, specific use of post-classical Latin suberosus. Compare French subéreux.
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