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or cre·nat·ed

[kree-neyt or kree-ney-tid]
  1. having the margin notched or scalloped so as to form rounded teeth, as a leaf.
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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
Related formsnon·cre·nate, adjectivenon·cre·nat·ed, adjectivesub·cre·nate, adjectivesub·cre·nate·ly, adverbsub·cre·nat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crenate

Historical Examples of crenate

  • If not entire it may be toothed, serrate (sawlike), crenate or wavy.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • They may be serrate or crenate, doubly or singly divided, glandular or glandless.

  • Crenate, or Scalloped, when the teeth are broad and rounded; as in Fig. 144.

  • Crenate, or Crenelled, the edge scalloped into rounded teeth, 55.

  • Pinnæ roundish-ovate, crenate, with indistinct and forking midveins.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

British Dictionary definitions for crenate


crenated (ˈkriːneɪtɪd)

  1. having a scalloped margin, as certain leaves
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Derived Formscrenately, adverb

Word Origin for crenate

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


  1. Having a margin with low, rounded or scalloped projections or indentations.
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