- Biol. rough or scaly
- Bot. having tips projecting at right angles, or having spreading bracts
Origin of squarroseClassical Latin squarrosus
- Having rough or spreading scalelike processes.
- Spreading or recurved at the tip: squarrose bracts.
Origin of squarroseLatin squarrōsus, scabby.
(comparative more squarrose, superlative most squarrose)
- Rough or scaly.
- Consisting of scales widely divaricating; having scales, small leaves, or other bodies, spreading widely from the axis on which they are crowded; said of a calyx or stem.
- Divided into shreds or jags, raised above the plane of the leaf, and not parallel to it; said of a leaf.
- Having scales spreading every way, or standing upright, or at right angles to the surface; said of a shell.
Latin squarrosus (“(perhaps) scurfy, scabby").