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or coch·le·at·ed

[kok-lee-it, -eyt or kok-lee--ey-tid]
  1. shaped like a snail shell; spiral.
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Origin of cochleate

1825–35; < Latin cochleātus spiral, equivalent to cochle(a) cochlea + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for cochleate

Historical Examples

  • Cochleate: spirally twisted like a screw or a univalve shell.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Cochleate: Spiral or twisted like a snail shell (Fig. 141, a).

  • The cavity containing the cartilage in Mya, fig. 71, is Cochleate.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

  • Embryo hooked, annular, or cochleate, the radicular end pointing downward.

British Dictionary definitions for cochleate


cochleated (ˈkɒklɪˌeɪtɪd)

  1. biology shaped like a snail's shell; spirally twisted
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