[ kawr-deyt ]

  1. heart-shaped: a cordate shell.

  2. (of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.

Origin of cordate

First recorded in 1645–55; from New Latin cordātus “heart-shaped,” equivalent to Latin cord- (stem of cor ) heart + -ātus -ate1

Other words from cordate

  • cor·date·ly, adverb
  • half-cordate, adjective
  • mul·ti·cor·date, adjective, noun
  • sem·i·cor·date, adjective
  • sub·cor·date, adjective
  • sub·cor·date·ly, adverb

Words Nearby cordate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cordate in a sentence

  • The root-leaves are cordate in form, and the upper ones are sessile and angled, half embracing the stem.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • His description is as follows: Leaves cordate, dentate-serrate, glabrous on both sides.

    The Grapes of New York | U. P. Hedrick
  • Its leaves are cordate and acute, and change either to a bright yellow or a beautiful bronze colour in the autumn.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The leaves are cordate or almost round, divided into five or seven shallow, crenate lobes.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The heads are terminal, consisting of yellow, ligulate florets, surrounded by five large cordate bracts.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for cordate


/ (ˈkɔːdeɪt) /

  1. heart-shaped: a cordate leaf; cordate shells

Derived forms of cordate

  • cordately, adverb

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Scientific definitions for cordate


[ kôrdāt′ ]

  1. Having a heart-shaped outline. Often used of leaves, such as those of the morning glory or linden.

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