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

  • adj. Scurfy or scaly; leprous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered with thin, scurfy scales.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered with thin, scurfy scales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, scale-like or scurf-like: said of some crustaceous lichens whose thallus adheres to trees or stones like a scurf; lepidote.

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

  • adj. rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf


Late Latin leprōsus; see leprous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See leprous. (Wiktionary)


  • Thallus usually composed of minute granules, these often run together to form a leprose or verrucose and rarely areolate or even subsquamulose crust, rarely disappearing; apothecia minute or small, usually adnate, with a weak and often covered exciple; hypothecium pale to dark brown; hymenium pale or tinged brown; spores hyaline, usually fusiform or dactyloid, varying from 4 - to 9-celled.

    Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6 The Ascomycetes of Ohio IV and V


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