Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of crater; conically hollowed; formed like a wine-glass without the base, or nearly like an inverted truncate cone with an excavated base. As specifically used in entomology, it differs from
calathiformin implying less dilated sides, and from infundibuliformin implying a less deep and regular hollow. In botany it signifies basin-or saucer-shaped.
- adj. botany Having the form of shallow bowl.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Latin cratera + -form. (Wiktionary)
“Both above and below, this river passes through a majestic canon, and its neighbourhood abounds in small cones, some with crateriform cavities at the top, some broken down, and others, apparently of great age, wooded to their summits.”
“An hour of very severe work, and energetic use of the knife on the part of the Aino, took me to the top of one of these through a mass of entangled and gigantic vegetation, and I was amply repaid by finding a deep, well-defined crateriform cavity of great depth, with its sides richly clothed with vegetation, closely resembling some of the old cones in the island of Kauai.”
“Instead of being a regular, round-headed cone, like the Jebel el-Abyaz for instance, the summit was distinctly crateriform.”
“Reaching the crateriform summit, we found that the head of the cone had either “caved in,” or had been carried off bodily to be worked.”
“There appear to me to be insuperable objections to this view: on the other hand, I can hardly believe, in this and in some other cases, that these marginal crateriform mountains are merely the basal remnants of immense volcanos, of which the summits either have been blown off or swallowed up in subterranean abysses.”
“Mauritius, beautiful appearance of — Great crateriform ring of mountains — Hindoos — St. Helena —”
“There appears to me to be insuperable objections to this view: on the other hand, I can hardly believe, in this and in some other cases, that these marginal crateriform mountains are merely the basal remnants of immense volcanos, of which the summits either have been blown off, or swallowed up in subterranean abysses.”
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“The gradual settling of the upper layer, cut up by the fissures, into the underlying quicksand, prolonged the process for some time after the shock was over; and, when the pressure was at last relieved, some of the water was sucked back and so produced the crateriform hollows.”
“Syphilitic ulcers are usually single, deep, and crateriform; the base is covered with a dirty white secretion, and the surrounding mucosa presents an angry red appearance.”
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