- open; gaping; expanded.
- spreading, as a tree or its boughs.
- spreading slightly, as a calyx.
- bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle.
Origin of patulous
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Yet, by reason of the patulous elms, he had seen nothing of them.
The patulous elms, then, exercised their influence on the manœuvres.
The gland-ducts are enlarged, patulous or plugged with sebaceous and epithelial matter.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
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- botany spreading widely or expandedpatulous branches
- rare gaping
C17: from Latin patulus open, from patēre to lie open
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- Freely open or exposed; patent.
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