Tomentose hairs 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 botanical names containing the Latin root 'tomentosus'.


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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). (Robertson, 1903)"Megachile (Chelostomoides) campanulae". Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification ( 

External links

  • Wiktionary Category:en:Botany - a list of English terms related to botany