terete

adjective
te·rete | \tə-ˈrēt, te-\

Definition of terete 

: approximately cylindrical but usually tapering at both ends a terete seedpod

First Known Use of terete

circa 1619, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terete

Latin teret-, teres well turned, rounded; akin to Latin terere to rub — more at throw entry 1

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