• To represent in words.
  • To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.
  • To give rise to a geometrical structure.
  • To introduce a new taxon to science by explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other taxa.
  • To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.


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  • From Middle English descriven, from Old French descrivre, from Latin dēscrībō ("I copy off, transcribe, sketch off, describe in painting or writing"), from dē + scrībō; see scribe and shrive. Displaced native .

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