re·​de·​scribe ˌrē-di-ˈskrīb How to pronounce redescribe (audio)
redescribed; redescribing; redescribes

transitive verb

: to describe anew or again
especially : to give a new and more complete description to (a biological taxon)

Examples of redescribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exquisite remains allowed scientists to redescribe the species since Hallucigenia’s important head and mouth features were observable. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2015 Her own project is not to erase those incisions—or even, as a child might hope, to heal them—but to retrace and redescribe them. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of redescribe was in 1806

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“Redescribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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