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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a lyre.
  • adj. Having a large terminal lobe and smaller rounded lobes toward its base.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lyre-shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base.
  • adj. Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that of the lyre bird.

from The 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 a lyre or lyrate leaf.

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

  • adj. (of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre


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Modern Latin lyratus, from lyra ("lyre").



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