From Latin glaber (“smooth; bald, hairless”) + English -ous (suffix forming adjectives, denoting possession or presence of a quality in any degree, commonly in abundance). Glaber is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *gʰleh₂dʰ- (“smooth; bright, shining”), possibly from *ǵʰelh₂- (“to shine”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡleɪbɹəs/, /ˈɡlæ-/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡleɪbɹəs/
- Hyphenation: glabr‧ous
- Bald, hairless; smooth.
- 1670, John Evelyn, Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions. […], 2nd edition, London: […] Jo[hn] Martyn, and Ja[mes] Allestry, printers to the Royal Society, OCLC 988700438, chapter IV (Of the Elm), page 28:
- [T]he Vernacula or French Elm, whoſe leaves are thicker, and more florid, glabrous and ſmooth, delighting in the lower and moiſter grounds, where they will ſometimes riſe to above an hundred foot in height; […]
- 1834, Robert Wight; G[eorge] A[rnott] Walker-Arnott, “Order LVI.—Leguminosæ. Juss.”, in Prodromus Floræ Peninsulæ Indiæ Orientalis: Containing Abridged Descriptions of the Plants Found in the Peninsula of British India, Arranged According to the Natural System [Preliminary Publication of the Flora of the Peninsula of Oriential India], volume I, London: Parbury, Allen, & Co., OCLC 459011052, paragraph 572, page 186:
- [Crotalaria obtecta] Stems tall, erect, branched: stipules not decurrent: leaves simple, usually glabrous on the upper side: […] legumes oblong, many-seeded, glabrous or softly pubescent.
- 1981, T[homas] Coraghessan Boyle, “Mo O Mo Inta Allo”, in Water Music (The Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series), New York, N.Y.; London: Penguin Books, published 1983, →ISBN, part 1 (The Niger), page 143:
- The glabrous old head cranks round on him, stiff and slow, until the clouded eyes draw level with his own.