American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Acerose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A salt of aceric acid.
- Needle-shaped or rod-shaped: specifically applied to monaxon spicules found in calcareous sponges; in botany, same as acerose .
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A combination of aceric acid with a salifiable base.
- adj. Acerose; needle-shaped.
- adj. narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves
- aceric + -ate. See acetic (Wiktionary)
- From Latin ācer, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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