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or cren·u·lat·ed

[kren-yuh-leyt, -lit or kren-yuh-ley-tid]
  1. minutely crenate, as the margin of certain leaves.
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Origin of crenulate

1785–95; < New Latin crēnulātus, equivalent to crēnul(a) (diminutive of crēna notch; see crenate) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for crenulate

Historical Examples

  • In some other plants the edges are serrulate, crenulate, etc.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

    George Francis Atkinson

  • The margin was entire, and not crenulate, as in many dolphins.

  • In the example selected for our plate the pinnules are oblong, obtuse and crenulate, or at most, crenately-toothed.

    Beautiful Ferns

    Daniel Cady Eaton

  • Crenulate: with small scallops, evenly rounded and rather deeply curved.

  • Processes large near the ends of the major axis and not oblique to it, or scarcely so, the edges with a crenulate border.

British Dictionary definitions for crenulate



  1. having a margin very finely notched with rounded projections, as certain leaves
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin crēnulātus, from crēnula, literally: a little notch; see crenel
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