cartilaginous

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Borrowed from Latin cartilāginōsus (full of cartilage, very gristly), from cartilāgō (cartilage, gristle) +‎ -ōsus (-ous, -ose); compare French cartilagineux.

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cartilaginous (comparative more cartilaginous, superlative most cartilaginous)

  1. (anatomy) Comprising soft cartilage rather than bone.
    1. Related to or resembling cartilage.
    2. (zoology) (Of a vertebrate animal) having a skeleton of cartilage.
      Cartilaginous fish such as the angler fish have a skeletal structure made up of cartilage.
  2. (mycology) Having a tough or fibrous texture, usually in reference to a mushroom stipe.

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