glabrous

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Etymology[edit]

Pietro Perugino’s painting Don Biagio Milanesi,[n 1] from the predella of the Vallombrosa Altarpiece (1500), depicts the glabrous abbot of the Vallombrosa Abbey in Tuscany, Italy.
The undersides of the leaves of the European crab apple (Malus sylvestris) are glabrous.

From Latin glaber (smooth; bald, hairless) + English -ous (suffix forming adjectives, denoting possession or presence of a quality in any degree, commonly in abundance).[1] Glaber is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *gʰleh₂dʰ- (smooth; bright, shining), possibly from *ǵʰelh₂- (to shine).

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glabrous (comparative more glabrous, superlative most glabrous)

  1. Bald, hairless; smooth.
    Synonym: calvous
    Antonyms: nonglabrous; see also Thesaurus:hirsute

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  1. ^ From the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ glabrous, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2018; “glabrous, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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