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adjective Biology.
  1. having two teeth or toothlike parts or processes.
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Origin of bidentate

1750–60; < Latin bident- (stem of bidēns, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + dēns tooth) + -ate1
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Examples from the Web for bidentate

Historical Examples of bidentate

  • Leaves succubous, bidentate; underleaves 2-cleft, with linear divisions.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

  • Leaves succubous, subconcave or flat, the apex rounded, rarely retuse or bidentate; underleaves none (in our species).

British Dictionary definitions for bidentate


  1. having two teeth or toothlike parts or processes
  2. chem (of a ligand) having two atoms from which electrons can be donated to the central coordinated atom
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