[ adjective fim-bree-it, -eyt; verb fim-bree-eyt ]
/ adjective ˈfɪm bri ɪt, -ˌeɪt; verb ˈfɪm briˌeɪt /


Also fim·bri·at·ed. Botany, Zoology. having a border of hairs or filiform processes.

verb (used with object), fim·bri·at·ed, fim·bri·at·ing.

Heraldry. to line (an ordinary) with a thin border of a different tincture.

Nearby words

  1. filum durae matris spinalis,
  2. filé,
  3. fimble,
  4. fimbria,
  5. fimbria hippocampi,
  6. fimbriation,
  7. fimbrillate,
  8. fimbriocele,
  9. fimicolous,
  10. fin

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fimbriate


fimbriated or fimbrillate (ˈfɪmbrɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

/ (ˈfɪmbrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


having a fringed margin, as some petals, antennae, etc
Derived Formsfimbriation, noun

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Medicine definitions for fimbriate


[ fĭmbrē-ĭt, -āt′ ]


Having fimbriae.
Related formsfim′bri•ation n.

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