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cordate

[kawr-deyt]
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adjective
  1. heart-shaped: a cordate shell.
  2. (of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.
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Origin of cordate

1645–55; < New Latin cordātus heart-shaped, equivalent to Latin cord- (stem of cor) heart + -ātus -ate1
Related formscor·date·ly, adverbhalf-cor·date, adjectivemul·ti·cor·date, adjective, nounsem·i·cor·date, adjectivesub·cor·date, adjectivesub·cor·date·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cordate

Historical Examples

  • Heart-shaped or cordate, similar to ovate, but with a notch at the base.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • It has been perpetuated in cordate, not in dactylate characters.

  • The latter are all cordate, while in the normal the upper leaves are auricular.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • The leaves are ovate or cordate, deeply and regularly toothed.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • It may also be distinguished by the appendage in the notch, which is cordate in form, and flat.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux


British Dictionary definitions for cordate

cordate

adjective
  1. heart-shapeda cordate leaf; cordate shells
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Derived Formscordately, adverb
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cordate in Medicine

cordate

(kôrdāt′)
adj.
  1. Heart-shaped.
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cordate in Science

cordate

[kôrdāt′]
  1. Having a heart-shaped outline. Often used of leaves, such as those of the morning glory or linden.
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