pru·​i·​nose ˈprü-ə-ˌnōs How to pronounce pruinose (audio)
: covered with whitish dust or bloom
pruinose stems

Word History


Latin pruinosus covered with hoarfrost, from pruina hoarfrost — more at freeze

First Known Use

circa 1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pruinose was circa 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Pruinose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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