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