American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or like leather, especially in texture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of leather.
- Resembling leather in texture, toughness, pliability, or appearance; leathery. Specifically applied— in botany, to a leaf, calyx, capsule, etc.; in ornithology, to the tough-skinned bills and feet of water-birds, in distinction from the usually hard, horny parts of land-birds; in entomology, to the elytra, etc., of insects; in conchology, to the marginal tegument of the chitons, into which the plates are inserted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Consisting of or resembling, leather; leatherlike; tough.
- adj. (Bot.) Stiff, like leather or parchment.
- adj. resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable
- From Late Latin coriāceus, from Latin corium, leather; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Summit forests are low (8-15m) and species-poor; their leaves are almost entirely coriaceous.”
“The genus, or rather family of Epeira, is here characterized by many singular forms; some species have pointed coriaceous shells, others enlarged and spiny tibiæ.”
“This is a general practice with the granivorous tribes, in order to provide their young with soft and digestible food before they are strong enough to digest the hard, coriaceous seed.”
“Coleoptera: sheath-winged: an order with the primaries coriaceous, used as a cover only, meeting in a straight line dorsally; mouth mandibulate; pro-thorax free; transformation complete: the beetles: the term has also been applied to the two elytra together.”
“Hemelytra: a modification of the anterior wings of Heteroptera, coriaceous at base, membranous at tip, not meeting in a straight line at the middle: more specifically applied to the corium; q.v.: also used for the tegmina of Orthoptera.”
“The effects of heat and frost are not so apparent in Oak woods, which have a more coriaceous and persistent foliage than other deciduous trees: but Oaks do not attain the perfection of their beauty, until the Ash, the Maple, and the Tupelo -- the glory of the first period of autumn -- have shed a great portion of their leaves.”
“Its upper parts and sides are defended by a coat, or rather cloak, of mail, of a coriaceous nature, but exceeding in inflexibility sole-leather of equal thickness.”
“Fronds coriaceous, pale, simply pinnate, or bipinnate below; the divisions broadly linear or oblong, or the sterile sometimes oval, chiefly entire, somewhat heart-shaped, or else truncate at the stalked base.”
“The leaves are alternate, oblong, short petioled, nearly coriaceous, about 2 feet long by 6 inches wide, entire or undivided, and of a bright green color.”
“The fruit, when ripe, is of a dark scarlet colour, and the ordinary coffee-berry contains two semi-elliptic seeds of a horny or cartilaginous nature glued together and enveloped in a coriaceous membrane; when this is removed each seed is found covered with a silver-grey pellicle.”
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