from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany See vein.
- n. Zoology See vein.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vein in the wing of an insect.
- n. Any of the veins that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the nerves of leaves.
- n. One of the chitinous supports, or veins, in the wings of insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In arch.:
- n. Any one of the ribs of a groined vault, but especially that part of a rib which forms one of the sides of a compartment of the groining
- n. A projecting molding, particularly if small and acute-angled in profile. Also called nerve.
- n. In botany, a vein or nerve of a leaf.
- n. In entomology, one of the tubes or tubular thickenings which ramify in an insect's wing: a nerve, vein, or costa proceeding along one of certain definite lines, to strengthen the wing and, through a central hollow, to nourish it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
- n. any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
French, from Old French nerveure, strap, from nerf, sinew, from Latin nervus; see nerve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French nervure. (Wiktionary)