from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Cylindrical but usually slightly tapering at both ends, circular in cross section, and smooth-surfaced.
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- adj. Having a smooth circular cross-section; cylindrical.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cylindrical and slightly tapering; columnar, as some stems of plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Slender and smooth, with a circular transverse section; cylindrical or slightly tapering. See cut under petiole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. especially of plant parts; cylindrical and tapering
A 1651 edition of Hernández included a carefully drawn figure and a Latin description that in its wording seemed positively modern: Ololiuqui, which some call coaxihuitl, or snake plant, is a twining herb with thin, green cordate leaves, slender green terete stems, and long white flowers.
Joints 1½ in. to 3 in. long, and a little less in width, terete, with very prominent tubercles and numerous tawny bristles; upper spines 1 in. to 1½ in. long, white, with a yellow point, shorter ones hair-like and curled.
-- A well-marked species in the size of its mammae, or tubercles, which are at least 1 in. long by 1/3 in. in diameter, terete, slightly curved, and narrowed to a pointed apex, the texture being very soft and watery.
Branches numerous, composed of long, terete joints, rather thicker than a goose-quill, glaucous-green, slightly roughened on the surface, with depressions for the dot-like cushions.
Cushions very close together, composed of short, white and yellowish bristles, and stout, terete spines, 1 in. or more long, set on little tubercles.
Its curiously and irregularly pinnate fronds are borne on slender stalks, terete toward the base, and covered with reddish brown, downy scales, instead of being produced loosely, as in most other Nephrolepises; these are densily crowded, and the outcome of closely clustered crowns.
The _inflorescence_ is a pyramidal panicle 1-1/2 to 4 inches long, erect on a terete glabrous peduncle 1-1/2 to 6 inches long, the main rachis is slender, erect, striate, glabrous and has glandular streaks just above the insertion of the branches of the lowest verticil.
The spikelets are one-to two-flowered, subsessile and subsecund on the branches which are produced as awn-like bristles beyond the ultimate spikelet, obscurely jointed and persistent on their obconic short pedicels, narrowly lanceolate and terete.
Rachis of spikes narrow, filiform, terete or angular.
Grain is small, fusiform, terete and enclosed in the nut-like polished and hardened first glume.