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

  • adj. Covered with soft, short hair; downy.

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  • adj. Alternative form of lanuginose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Downy; covered with soft fine hairs like down: specifically said in botany of the surfaces of plants, and in entomology of the clothing of insects.


From Latin lānūginōsus, from lānūgō, lānūgin-, lanugo; see lanugo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Of course, the plaster removes this soft lanuginous growth with the hardier one, and for that reason should be left severely alone.

    The Woman Beautiful or, The Art of Beauty Culture

  • Were we to go back to the pyrotechnics of romanticism, rewrite the lanuginous works of the Cherbuliez and Feuillet tribe, or, worse yet, imitate the lachrymose storiettes of Theuriet and George


  • The hopping-sallows open, and yield their palms before other sallows, and when they are blown (which is about the _exit_ of May, or sometimes June) the palms (or ὠλεσίκαρποι _frugiperdæ_, as Homer terms them for their extream levity) are four inches long, and full of a fine lanuginous cotton.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discourse of Forest Trees


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