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Botany. a bristlelike appendage of the spikelets of grains or grasses; an awn.
Entomology. a prominent bristle on the antenna of some dipterous insects.
[mah-ryah-naw] /mɑˈryɑ nɔ/ (Show IPA), 1802–55, Mexican general: president of Mexico 1851–53.
Contemporary Examples

Soon after, he took top leadership roles at British record labels including arista, Phonogram and MCA UK.
Piers Morgan’s Comeback Strategy Shelley Ross February 26, 2014

Clive Davis, her mentor at arista Records, spoke after, followed by Stevie Wonder, who sang “Ribbon in the Sky.”
Family and Friends Say Goodbye at Whitney Houston’s Funeral Jacob Bernstein February 17, 2012

Khujo and T did some things, while me and Gipp were signed to arista Records before it folded under the advisory of L.A. Reid.
CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More Marlow Stern August 12, 2013

Historical Examples

arista: a specialized bristle or process on antennae of certain Diptera.
Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith

This roast is very popular in Italy, where they call it arista.
The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile

Antennæ short; third joint round; arista apical, long, slender, setiform.
Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society – Vol. 3 Various

Setarious aristate: the dipterous antenna when the arista is simple.
Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith

Ampudia hesitated, and General arista was appointed in his place.
A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year Edwin Emerson

Hostilities have begun, announced arista on the day of his arrival.
The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2) Justin H. Smith

Gen with microcht, at least down to the level of the base of the arista.
Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley

noun (pl) -tae (-tiː)
a stiff bristle such as the awn of some grasses and cereals
a bristle-like appendage on the antennae of some insects


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