Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Reddish yellow, smooth, and shining; the face testaceous, with slight fuscous stains; the scape and two or three of the basal joints of the flagellum yellow in front; the wings hyaline, with a yellowish tinge; the nervures black, except the costal nervure, which is ferruginous towards the base, the apex of the wings slightly clouded; the posterior tibiæ fuscous above.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • This last nervure, which is of a slightly reddish hue, is the fundamental element of the musical device; it is, in short, the bow, the fiddlestick, as is proved by the fine notches which run across it.

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • Dans la journee je verifie le rouge s'est estompé c qq peu rosé ... et s'estompe les heures passant ... pour ne laisser que deux gross veine rouge et qq nervure sur les coté.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Thus in such a tree, which we may truly call “The Tree of Life,” there ought to be the usefulness of the fruit: the beauty of the flower; the vigor of the twigs; the ornament of the leaves; the nervure of the branches, but the whole arising from a single trunk and having its roots, not in the air, but in the profundity of the Word of God.

    World’s Great Men of Color

  • Discocellular nervure or vein: Lepidoptera; = discal vein, q.v. Discoidal: relating to the disc, or middle = discal.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Marginal field: in tegmina = costal field: q.v. Marginal nervure or vein: in Orthoptera, = costa (Comst.): in

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • First submarginal cross-nervure: Hymenoptera; part of the media and the radio-medial cross vein (Comst.).

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • First inner apical nervure: in Hymenoptera (Nort.); is cubitus 1, from media 4, to first anal (Comst.).

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Anterior wings with two submarginal cells and one recurrent nervure.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Thorax: coarsely punctured; the mesothorax with an abbreviated deeply impressed line in the middle of its anterior margin; wings fulvo-hyaline, the nervures ferruginous; the apex of the wings slightly fuscous, the anterior pair with two submarginal cells and one recurrent nervure.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

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