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lanate (LAY-nayt) adjective

Having a woolly surface.

[From Latin lanatus, from lana (wool).]

"I have heard that the Rossi 9S skis you see racers using on the World cup circuit are different from the ones they sell in stores. Is this, in fact, true? "The way you phrase your question says a lot. It says that you are basically of a trusting and sweet disposition--this despite the fact that you practically out-and-out accuse Rossignol of trying to pull three bales of wool, if not an entire season's worth of hirsuteness from all lanate quadrupeds in New Zealand, over your eyes." Josh Lerman, Ask Josh, Skiing (New York), Sep 1997.

"He particularly didn't like that scaly feeling he got in his mouth when eating unpeeled peaches... I went on to explain that to be precise one might even call the surface velvety, or maybe lanate or even floccose, but definitely not scaly." Paul G. Wiegman, Become a Botanist And be a Party Animal, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug 2, 1997.

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