[ pach-uh-luhs ]
/ ˈpætʃ ə ləs /
open; gaping; expanded.
- spreading, as a tree or its boughs.
- spreading slightly, as a calyx.
- bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle.
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Origin of patulous
OTHER WORDS FROM patulouspat·u·lous·ly, adverbpat·u·lous·ness, noun
Words nearby patulous
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Example sentences from the Web for patulous
The patulous elms, then, exercised their influence on the manœuvres.
The gland-ducts are enlarged, patulous or plugged with sebaceous and epithelial matter.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Yet, by reason of the patulous elms, he had seen nothing of them.
British Dictionary definitions for patulous
/ (ˈpætjʊləs) /
botany spreading widely or expandedpatulous branches
Derived forms of patulouspatulously, adverbpatulousness, noun
Word Origin for patulous
C17: from Latin patulus open, from patēre to lie open
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Medical definitions for patulous
[ păch′ə-ləs ]
Freely open or exposed; patent.
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