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

  • adj. Zoology Marked with fine, close-set grooves, ridges, or streaks.
  • adj. Botany Having stiff, straight, closely appressed hair: strigose leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having fine grooves, ridges, or streaks
  • adj. Having stiff hairs, pressed together

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Set with stiff, straight bristles; hispid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, rough with strigæ; beset with sharp-pointed and appressed straight and stiff hairs or bristles: as, a strigose leaf or stem.
  • In entomology, streaked, or finely fluted; having fine, close parallel ridges or points, like the surface of a file. Also strigate.


New Latin strigōsus, from striga, bristle, from Latin, windrow, furrow; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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