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Tomentose are 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] The word is often applied to plant hairs, but is used to describe hairs on animals (particularly insects) as well. For example, the hairs covering portions of a bee may be referred to as tomentose.[2]

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.]
  2. ^ Sheffield, Cory S.; Ratti, Claudia; Packer, Laurence; Griswold, Terry (29 November 2011). "Megachile (Chelostomoides) campanulae (Robertson, 1903)". Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (York University). doi:10.3752/cjai.2011.18. ISSN 1911-2173. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

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