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

  • adj. Biology Covered with short, dense, matted hairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (entomology) In entomology and plant morphology, a taxonomic component which is covered in hairs. There will be dense matted hairs on leaf, stem or seed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered with matted woolly hairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, covered with hairs so close as scarcely to be distinguished; densely pubescent with matted wool or tomentum; coated with down-like hairs.
  • In entomology, clothed with short inconspicuous hairs interwoven or matted together.
  • In anatomy, fleecy; flocculent. See tomentum, 2.

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

  • adj. densely covered with short matted woolly hairs
  • adj. covered with densely matted filaments

Etymologies

New Latin tōmentōsus, from Latin tōmentum, cushion stuffing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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