One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cylindrical or slightly tapering, and without substantial furrows or ridges.
- ‘As the leaf grows and becomes terete, the older leaf embraces it by the increasingly curved sheath.’
- ‘In addition, each lobe is somewhat twisted so that it gives the superficial impression of a terete structure that is stigmatic everywhere.’
Early 17th century: from Latin teres, teret- ‘rounded off’.
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