Biol. of or having a circular shape when cross-sectioned or a cylindrical shape that tapers at each end
Origin of tereteClassical Latin teres (gen. teretis), round, smooth, origin, originally , rubbed ; from terere, to rub: see throw
Biology Circular in cross section; cylindrical, sometimes with tapering ends: a terete stem.
Origin of tereteFrom Latin teres, teret-, rounded; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more terete, superlative most terete)
- In reference to the stems of plants, terete usually, but not necessarily, implies a tapering form.
From Latin teres (“rounded (cylindrical)").