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circumvallate

[ sur-kuhm-val-eyt ]

adjective

  1. surrounded by or as if by a rampart.
  2. Anatomy. surrounded by a depression or wall-like ridge.


verb (used with object)

, cir·cum·val·lat·ed, cir·cum·val·lat·ing.
  1. to surround with or as if with a rampart.

circumvallate

/ ˌsɜːkəmˈvæleɪt /

verb

  1. tr to surround with a defensive fortification


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Derived Forms

  • ˌcircumvalˈlation, noun

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Other Words From

  • circum·val·lation noun
  • noncir·cum·vallat·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of circumvallate1

1655–65; < Latin circumvallātus (past participle of circumvallāre to surround with a wall), equivalent to circum- circum- + vall ( um ) rampart, wall + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of circumvallate1

C19: from Latin circumvallāre, from circum- + vallum rampart

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Example Sentences

In many of the fungiform and most of the circumvallate papillæ are peculiar structures called taste buds or taste goblets.

The circumvallate papill may also be enlarged, and the fungiform papill are sometimes very prominent and deeply congested.

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