fruticose

adjective
fru·​ti·​cose | \ ˈfrü-ti-ˌkōs How to pronounce fruticose (audio) \

Definition of fruticose

: having a shrubby often branched thallus that grows perpendicular to the substrate fruticose lichens — compare crustose, foliose

First Known Use of fruticose

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fruticose

Latin fruticosus, from frutic-, frutex shrub

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The first known use of fruticose was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Fruticose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fruticose. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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