rugose

play
adjective ru·gose \ˈrü-ˌgōs\

Definition of rugose

  1. 1 :  full of wrinkles rugose cheeks

  2. 2 :  having the veinlets sunken and the spaces between elevated rugose leaves of the sage

rugosity

play \rü-ˈgä-sə-tē\ noun

rugose was our Word of the Day on 01/08/2016. Hear the podcast!

Did You Know?

Rugose was borrowed into English in the late 17th century from the Latin adjective rugosus ("wrinkled"), which itself derives from "ruga" ("wrinkle"). One descendant of "ruga" that you'll probably recognize is "corrugate," which initially meant "to form or shape into wrinkles or folds." Another, which might be more familiar to scientists, is rugulose, meaning "finely wrinkled." In addition, there is the noun "rugosity," which can refer to either the quality or state of being full of wrinkles or an individual wrinkled place.

Origin and Etymology of rugose

Latin rugosus, from ruga


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

rugose

play
adjective ru·gose \ˈrü-ˌgōs\

Medical Definition of rugose

  1. :  having many wrinkles rugose skin

Learn More about rugose


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rugose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • ludwig-richter-spring-has-arrived
  • Which is a synonym of upbraid?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ