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Rimose

[RY-mohs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 17th century

1.

(Mycology) now especially of a fungus or lichen: cracked, fissured.

Examples of Rimose in a sentence

"The lichens have a rimose surface."

"The driveway was rimose after the earthquake."

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About Rimose

This word hails from classical Latin “rīmōsus,” meaning “full of cracks, fissured.” Originally from “rīma,” meaning “cleft, crack, fissure.”

Did you Know?

“Rimose” is a word often used to describe crustose lichens, a fungal material that forms a bumpy crust that often ends up being a bright color. Many species use lichens for food, shelter, and nesting material.

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