Origin of cordate

1645–55; < New Latin cordātus heart-shaped, equivalent to Latin cord- (stem of cor) heart + -ātus -ate1
Related formscor·date·ly, adverbhalf-cor·date, adjectivemul·ti·cor·date, adjective, nounsem·i·cor·date, adjectivesub·cor·date, adjectivesub·cor·date·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cordate


  1. heart-shapeda cordate leaf; cordate shells
Derived Formscordately, adverb
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cordate in Medicine


  1. Heart-shaped.
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cordate in Science


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