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[adjective fim-bree-it, -eyt; verb fim-bree-eyt]
  1. Also fim·bri·at·ed. Botany, Zoology. having a border of hairs or filiform processes.
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verb (used with object), fim·bri·at·ed, fim·bri·at·ing.
  1. Heraldry. to line (an ordinary) with a thin border of a different tincture.
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Origin of fimbriate

First recorded in 1480–90, fimbriate is from the Latin word fimbriātus fringed. See fimbria, -ate1
Related formsnon·fim·bri·ate, adjectivenon·fim·bri·at·ed, adjectiveun·fim·bri·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In heraldry, “fimbriate” or “fimbriated” refers to a narrow edge or border running round a bearing.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3


  • Fimbriate: a margin or process when set with a fringe of hair closely placed.

British Dictionary definitions for fimbriate


fimbriated or fimbrillate (ˈfɪmbrɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

  1. having a fringed margin, as some petals, antennae, etc
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Derived Formsfimbriation, noun
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fimbriate in Medicine


(fĭmbrē-ĭt, -āt′)
  1. Having fimbriae.
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Related formsfim′bri•ation n.
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