or cren·u·lat·ed

[kren-yuh-leyt, -lit or kren-yuh-ley-tid]


minutely crenate, as the margin of certain leaves.

Origin of crenulate

1785–95; < New Latin crēnulātus, equivalent to crēnul(a) (diminutive of crēna notch; see crenate) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crenulated

Historical Examples of crenulated

  • It is much like the Venus shells in form, but the margins are not crenulated.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • The clouds were in rounded bunches and each bunch was crenulated.

  • Crenulated: Having a series of notches; marked as with notches, as the indented margin of a shell.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • They are both ventricose, thin, inflated shells, with large body-whorls and crenulated lips.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Leaves deltoid, wider than long, crenulated all round, both sides smooth from the first; leafstalk compressed; buds glutinous.

British Dictionary definitions for crenulated




having a margin very finely notched with rounded projections, as certain leaves

Word Origin for crenulate

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