acicular

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin acicula.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

acicular (not comparable)

Acicular leaf.
Anthodites at the Skyline Caverns in Virginia, US. The individual crystals of anthodites develop in an acicular form and often branch out as they grow.
  1. Needle-shaped; slender like a needle or bristle.
    • 1992, Oliver Sacks, Migraine, Berkeley: University of California Press, revised and expanded edition, Part 5, Chapter 17, p. 279,[1]
      Sometimes these networks have an acicular or crystalline appearance, and may grow visibly, sometimes with sudden jerks, “like frost on a windowpane,” or “primitive plants.”
  2. Having sharp points like needles.
  3. (botany) Of a leaf, slender and pointed, needle-like.
    the acicular foliage of coniferous trees
    • 1860, John Ruskin, Modern Painters, New York: John Wiley, Volume 5, Part 8, Chapter 3, p. 189,[2]
      [] though fond of foliage, their trees always had a tendency to congeal into little acicular thorn-hedges, and never tossed free.

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Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

acicular m or f (plural aciculares, comparable)

  1. acicular (needle-shaped)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French aciculaire

Adjective[edit]

acicular m or n (feminine singular aciculară, masculine plural aciculari, feminine and neuter plural aciculare)

  1. acicular

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Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

acicular (plural aciculares)

  1. acicular

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