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[boo l-eyt, -it, buhl-]
  1. having the surface covered with irregular and slight elevations, giving a blistered appearance.
  2. Anatomy. inflated; vaulted.
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Origin of bullate

From the Latin word bullātus, dating back to 1810–20. See bulla, -ate1
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Historical Examples of bullate

  • Bullate, appearing as if blistered or bladdery (from bulla, a bubble).

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • The Labrum is always swollen and bullate, and though hollowed out, is never notched in the middle.

  • Vesicular: More or less covered with minute vesicles due to gas formation; more minute than bullate.

British Dictionary definitions for bullate


  1. botany anatomy puckered or blistered in appearancethe bullate leaves of the primrose
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Word Origin for bullate

C19: from Medieval Latin bullātus inflated, from Latin bulla bubble
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