• synonyms


[uh-sur-vit, -veyt, as-er-veyt]
adjective Botany, Mycology.
  1. pertaining to growth, especially of fungi, that forms a dense, heaped-up mass.
Show More

Origin of acervate

1840–50; < Latin acervātus heaped up (past participle of acervāre), equivalent to acerv(us) heap + -ātus -ate1
Related formsa·cer·vate·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for acervate


  1. growing in heaps or clusters
Show More
Derived Formsacervately, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Latin acervātus, from acervāre to heap up, from acervus a heap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012