Latin teret-, teres well turned, rounded; akin to Latin terere to rub — more at throw entry 1
circa 1619, in the meaning defined above
“Terete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terete. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.
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