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adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. having a toothed margin or toothlike projections or processes.
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Origin of dentate

1800–10; < Latin dentātus, equivalent to dent- (stem of dēns) tooth + -ātus -ate1
Related formsden·tate·ly, adverbsub·den·tate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dentate

Historical Examples

  • The pores are thin, acute, dentate, finally lacerate and labyrinthiform.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • The dentate ray-tracheids of P. longifolia are not always obvious.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • It takes its name Limanda from the hard and dentate scales on its body.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Dentate, when the joints are armed with slight pointed spines.

  • Antheridia immersed in the thallus, covered with dentate scales.

British Dictionary definitions for dentate


  1. having teeth or toothlike processes
  2. (of leaves) having a toothed margin
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Derived Formsdentately, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Latin dentātus
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dentate in Medicine


  1. Edged with toothlike projections; toothed.
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dentate in Science


  1. Edged with toothlike projections; toothed. Used of leaves, such as those of birches.
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