Tomentose

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Tomentose are plant hairs that are flattened and matted.[1] The Latin word meaning 'cushion stuffing,' tomentum, is used to describe a woolly coating formed by the 'tomentose' hairs.[1]

Often the hairs are silver or gray-colored. Where the tomentum is minute or only slight, the coating is described as 'tomentulose'.

Plant species that have this type of structure and visual quality can have 'tomentose' as a prefix in their botanical name.

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  1. ^ a b [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.]

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