retuse

adjective

re·​tuse ri-ˈtüs How to pronounce retuse (audio)
-ˈtyüs
: having the apex rounded or obtuse with a slight notch

Word History

Etymology

Latin retusus blunted, from past participle of retundere to pound back, blunt, from re- + tundere to beat, pound — more at contusion

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retuse was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Retuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retuse. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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