[ kree-neyt ]

  1. having the margin notched or scalloped so as to form rounded teeth, as a leaf.

Origin of crenate

1785–95; <New Latin crēnātus, equivalent to Latin crēn(a) a notch, serration (a word occurring in some manuscripts of Pliny, identified with a semantically related set of Rom words; see crenel) + -ātus-ate1
  • Also cre·nat·ed [kree-ney-tid] /ˈkri neɪ tɪd/ .

Other words from crenate

  • non·cre·nate, adjective
  • non·cre·nat·ed, adjective
  • sub·cre·nate, adjective
  • sub·cre·nate·ly, adverb
  • sub·cre·nat·ed, adjective

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

How to use crenate in a sentence

  • They are obtuse or somewhat acute, and have the edges crenate, or more or less distinctly serrate with sharp incurved teeth.

    Beautiful Ferns | Daniel Cady Eaton
  • The thick, pendulous lips under his ragged mustache curled backward, exposing a crenate row of jagged brown teeth.

    The Promise | James B. Hendryx
  • The leaves are cordate or almost round, divided into five or seven shallow, crenate lobes.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • Leaves simple, ovate, evenly crenate or serrate, smooth on the upper surface and woolly on the lower.

  • The foot is similar to that of the Solens, but crenate round its anterior disk.

British Dictionary definitions for crenate


crenated (ˈkriːneɪtɪd)

/ (ˈkriːneɪt) /

  1. having a scalloped margin, as certain leaves

Origin of crenate

C18: from New Latin crēnātus, from Medieval Latin, probably from Late Latin crēna a notch

Derived forms of crenate

  • crenately, adverb

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