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[lahy-reyt, -rit] /ˈlaɪ reɪt, -rɪt/

Botany. (of a pinnate leaf) divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base.
Zoology. lyre-shaped, as the tail of certain birds.
shaped like a lyre
(of leaves) having a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral lobes


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