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crenulate

or crenulated

[kren-yuh-leyt, -lit or kren-yuh-ley-tid] /ˈkrɛn yəˌleɪt, -lɪt or ˈkrɛn yəˌleɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
minutely crenate, as the margin of certain leaves.
Origin of crenulate
1785-1795
1785-95; < New Latin crēnulātus, equivalent to crēnul(a) (diminutive of crēna notch; see crenate) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for crenulated
Historical Examples
  • It is much like the Venus shells in form, but the margins are not crenulated.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • The clouds were in rounded bunches and each bunch was crenulated.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
  • crenulated: Having a series of notches; marked as with notches, as the indented margin of a shell.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • They are both ventricose, thin, inflated shells, with large body-whorls and crenulated lips.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Leaves deltoid, wider than long, crenulated all round, both sides smooth from the first; leafstalk compressed; buds glutinous.

British Dictionary definitions for crenulated

crenulate

/ˈkrɛnjʊˌleɪt; -lɪt/
adjective
1.
having a margin very finely notched with rounded projections, as certain leaves
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin crēnulātus, from crēnula, literally: a little notch; see crenel
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