Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, late 17th century
(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."
Popularity Over Time
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.