Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A waxlike, water-repellent material present in the walls of some plant cells and forming the cuticle, which covers the epidermis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A waxy polymer of hydroxy acids that is the main constituent of plant cuticle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A waxy substance containing fatty acids, soaps, and resinous material which, combined with cellulose, forms a substance nearly impervious to water and constituting the cuticle in plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. According to Frémy, a peculiar modification of cellulose contained in the epidermis of leaves, petals, and fruits, together with ordinary cellulose, and forming the cuticle or cuticular layers. Cutin exhibits under the microscope the aspect of an amorphous perforated film.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biochemistry) a waxy transparent material that occurs in the cuticle of plants and consists of highly polymerized esters of fatty acids

Etymologies

Latin cutis, skin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The epidermis is usually a single layer of cells that secretes several surface coatings, including a fatty material called cutin, and wax long molecules made by joining fatty acids with alcohols, which is what makes many fruits naturally take a shine.

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  • Your dining experience would benefit from a trip to Campestre Alemán, a little German restaurant in Arócutin which is located before Erongaricuaro after leaving Pátzcuaro heading for the back side of the Lake.

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  • So, those pushing for a 1 percent cutin interest rates have got their wish - and then some.

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  • The Bank has just announced a 1.5 percent cutin base rates, bringing them down to 3 percent.

    Now that's a cut

  • January 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm she hid under teh kitchin seenk foar an hower after i stopped kursin and spittin from teh pain of cutin owt taht toof fragmint frum mah leg.

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  • Nearly 60% of the cell wall in cork is made up of suberin, a complex waxy substance similar to the cutin that coats many fruits, and this makes cork water-resistant and long-lived.

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  • There are two types of polymer; cutin, providing structural framework, as well as cutan, which increases the plant's resistance to water.

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  • A plant's cutin was generally found to degrade into humus, or organic material, suggesting it is a critical component to natural leaf litter.

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  • Researchers also found that the ridges are made of "cutin polyester," a material in the waxy outer layer of plants that helps protect them from drying out.

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  • The top part of the epidermis is impregnated with cutin.

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