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Words nearby declinate
What does declinate mean?
Declinate means having a downward curve or slope.
It’s especially used to describe plant parts, such as the petals of a flower.
The related word declination can mean a bending or sloping downward. Neither this term nor declinate are commonly used in a general way.
Example: This looks like the same kind of flower, but it has declinate petals, whereas the petals of the other one are upturned.
Where does declinate come from?
The first records of the word declinate come from the early 1800s. It derives from the Latin dēclīnātus, meaning “turned aside,” from the Latin verb dēclīnāre, meaning “to slope” or “to bend away” (the word decline comes from the same root).
Many things are declinate, but declinate is not a commonly used word. For example, a bird’s bill may be declinate, but it’s much more likely to be described as downcurved. Declinate is typically reserved for describing parts of plants that droop or slope downward in some way. Still, it’s only likely to be used by botanists and plant enthusiasts—the average person describing a declinate flower would instead describe it with a word like drooping or sloped.
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How is declinate used in real life?
The term declinate is mostly used in a formal way in the context of plants. It’s not commonly used in a general way.
Wow! I’ve never seen one that big and beautiful! Is the flower declinate? Vaseyi is my guess – they have declinate flowers, not erect like erectum. Come to think of it, I actually have seen mammoth trilliums that I identified as vaseyi in western NC, but the flower was more red.
— Chelsea Nicole Miller (@chelseamiller_9) May 11, 2020
Today's #stickoftheday is a declinate and superabundant piece of American Beech. Its bark, nicely crisped with a fine operiment of lichen and fungi, was saporous and delightful pic.twitter.com/5GtxURSgpQ
— Rex the TV terrier (@rexthetvterrier) January 23, 2020
Try using declinate!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of declinate?
How to use declinate in a sentence
In the last-mentioned case they are called declinate, as in amaryllis, horse-chestnut and fraxinella.