fibrous

adjective

fi·​brous ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio)
1
a
: containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers
b
: characterized by fibrosis
c
: capable of being separated into fibers
a fibrous mineral
2
: tough, sinewy
fibrous texture

Examples of fibrous in a Sentence

He had surgery to remove fibrous scar tissue in his knee. thick, fibrous hair that was not easy to comb
Recent Examples on the Web Hard and fibrous, this portions is typically cut into cubes for tapas or stew. Bonnie Berkowitz, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Amniotic band syndrome is a condition that occurs when fibrous bands in the amniotic sac become entangled around a developing fetus. Elizabeth Flores, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 Thermal radiofrequency purportedly tightens skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production while mechanical shockwave therapy is said to break fibrous bands to improve circulation and fat deposition. Maddie Aberman, Women's Health, 27 June 2023 Photograph: Getty Images Stretching thousands upon thousands of miles under your feet, a web of fibrous ears is listening. Matt Simon, WIRED, 31 Jan. 2024 Even though this brown, fibrous substance is so common and helpful in the gardening world, peat moss has long been a sore point for those in the industry due to its sustainability—or, more accurately, the lack thereof. Dan Nosowitz, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 And, here’s a fun fact: Humans have been growing the flax plant for thousands of years for its seeds, oil, and fibers; your favorite linen shirts are actually made from its fibrous stems. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2024 Based on its dental anatomy, these giant apes were herbivores that had adapted to eat fibrous foods like fruits. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2024 Most of their calories come from fibrous starches, such as plantain, cassava, or sweet potato. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Middle French fibreux, from fibre fiber

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fibrous was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Fibrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fibrous. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

fibrous

adjective
fi·​brous ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio)
1
: containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers
2

Medical Definition

fibrous

adjective
fi·​brous ˈfī-brəs How to pronounce fibrous (audio)
1
: containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers
collagen is a fibrous protein
2
: characterized by fibrosis

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