American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a form or curvature suggestive of a lyre.
- adj. Botany Having a pinnately divided leaf with an enlarged terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a lyre; having the form or curves of a lyre; lyre-shaped. In ornithology, applied to the tail of the lyre-bird, Menura superba, and of the blackcock, Tetrao or Lyrurus tetrix; in entomology, to insects or parts which approach the form of lyre or lyrate leaf.
- adj. Shaped like a lyre.
- adj. botany, of leaves Having a large terminal lobe and smaller rounded lobes toward its base.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Lyre-shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that of the lyre bird.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre
- Modern Latin lyratus, from lyra ("lyre"). (Wiktionary)
“Vilmorin mentions two varieties; one having entire leaves, the other with lyrate or lobed leaves; giving preference, however, to the one with entire leaves.”
“Stems from twelve to fifteen inches high; leaves lyrate, the terminal lobe round; flowers small, in erect, loose, terminal spikes, or groups; the seeds are small, wrinkled, of a grayish color, and retain their vitality three years.”
“Leaves sixteen to eighteen inches in length, very dark green, deeply lobed, or lyrate, and hairy, or hispid, on the nerves and borders.”
“The leaves of this species are six inches long, pale yellowish-green, lyrate, with obtuse and entire divisions: when fully developed, they somewhat resemble those of the oak, as implied by the name.”
“The radical leaves are hairy and rough, and are usually lobed, or lyrate; but, in some of the sorts, nearly spatulate, with the borders almost entire.”
“The radical leaves are lyrate and roughish when young; those of the stem clasping, or heart-shaped, at base, and of an oblong form, -- all somewhat fleshy, of a dark-green color, with a glaucous bloom.”
“The species of Yucatan and southern Mexico have small lyrate antlers with few, short tines, rather different from the broader type of the more northern species with well developed secondary tines.”
“In architecture, the cob is nearly three feet high at the shoulder, has beautiful, sweeping horns of a lyrate shape, has a white patch around each eye, a white belly, and a coat of yellow with black on the forelegs.”
“Hornless females would place it among the latter; but lyrate horns, ovine nose, and want of sinus, would give it rather to Gazella, and its singular inguinal purses further ally it to _Ant. dorcas_ of this group.”
“Horns non-lyrate: _Gazella Cuvieri_; _G. leptoceros_; _G.”
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