fruticose

adjective

fru·​ti·​cose ˈfrü-ti-ˌkōs How to pronounce fruticose (audio)
: having a shrubby often branched thallus that grows perpendicular to the substrate
fruticose lichens
compare crustose, foliose

Word History

Etymology

Latin fruticosus, from frutic-, frutex shrub

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fruticose was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Fruticose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fruticose. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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