Definitions

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

  • adj. Similar to or yielding farina.
  • adj. Biology Covered with mealy dust or powder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Yielding or related to farina; as, farinose substances.
  • adj. (zoology) Covered with a sort of white, mealy powder, as the leaves of some poplars, and the body of certain insects; mealy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Yielding farina.
  • adj. Covered with a sort of white, mealy powder, as the leaves of some poplars, and the body of certain insects; mealy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Yielding farina: as, farinose plants.
  • In botany, covered with a meal-like powder, as the leaves of Primula farinosa and other plants.
  • In entom.: Floury: applied to a white secretion found on various parts of the body in many Homoptera and a few other insects.
  • Covered with the matter described above, as the abdomens of certain leaf-hoppers.
  • Covered with minute dots resembling white or yellow powder, or with a fixed whitish powder on a dark surface, as spots on the elytra of certain beetles. Also farinulent.

Etymologies

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

Late Latin farīnōsus, mealy, from Latin farīna, farina; see farina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowed from Late Latin farīnōsus, from Latin farīna.

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