mid·​rib | \ ˈmid-ˌrib How to pronounce midrib (audio) \

Definition of midrib

: the central vein of a leaf

Examples of midrib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miss Muffet’ looks similar, but with a pale green color and a blush of red at the base of the midrib. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Meet the New It Plant for 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Both have compound leaves with leaflets arranged in pairs along the leaf midrib. Ottillia "toots" Bier, Orange County Register, "Master Gardener: What to do about leaf roll on tomato plants," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of midrib

circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

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“Midrib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midrib. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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mid·​rib | \ ˈmid-ˌrib How to pronounce midrib (audio) \

Kids Definition of midrib

: the central vein of a leaf

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