- characterized by a chainlike form, as certain bacterial colonies.
Origin of catenulate
1875–80; < Late Latin catēnul(a), diminutive of Latin catēna chain + -ate1
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A fine widely branching species, in which the catenulate aspect is more evident to the eye than in almost any other.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
- (of certain spores) formed in a row or chain
C19: from Latin catēnula, diminutive of catēna chain
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