from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Irregularly notched, toothed, or indented: erose leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Irregularly notched, eaten away, as though bitten
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Irregular or uneven as if eaten or worn away.
- adj. Jagged or irregularly toothed, as if nibbled out or gnawed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gnawed; having small irregular sinuses in the margin, as if gnawed: applied to a leaf, to an insect's wing, etc.
- See ærose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed
It gets harder and harder, until you're trying to guess what "erose" means ( "jagged", apparently).
I came slowly around to the erose, pitted fins, to look across a firebared space at the new ship.
The _first glume_ is very short less than 1/5 inch, broadly oblong, nerveless, hyaline, broadly truncate and erose at the apex.
In some grasses it is a distinct membrane narrow or broad, with an even, truncate or erose margin, or finely ciliate.
Sterile flowers terminal or axillary on wood of the preceding year, 1/2-3/4 inch long, cylindrical; anthers pinkish-red: fertile flowers lateral along previous season's shoots, erect; scales madder-purple, spirally imbricated, broader than long, margin entire or slightly erose.
= -- April to May, a week or two earlier than the red spruce; sterile flowers terminal or axillary, on wood of the preceding year; about 3/8 inch long, ovate; anthers madder-red: fertile flowers at or near end of season's shoots, erect; scales madder-red, spirally imbricated, broader than long, margin erose, rarely entire.
= -- Cones upon dwarf branches, erect or inclining upwards, ovoid to cylindrical, 1/2-3/4 of an inch long, purplish or reddish brown while growing, light brown at maturity, persistent for at least a year; scales thin, obtuse to truncate; edge entire, minutely toothed or erose; seeds small, winged.
_fourth glume_ is narrow, ciliate, nerveless or rarely 1-nerved, erose or bifid at the top.