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  1. having a foot or feet.
  2. resembling a foot.
  3. having divisions like toes.
  4. Botany. (of a leaf) palmately parted or divided with the lateral lobes or divisions cleft or divided.
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Origin of pedate

From the Latin word pedātus, dating back to 1745–55. See ped-2, -ate1
Related formsped·ate·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of pedate

  • The leaves are very large, pedate, dentate, and distinctly veined.

    Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

    John Wood

  • I come now to pedate larv, or those that move by means of proper or articulate legs.

British Dictionary definitions for pedate


  1. (of a plant leaf) divided into several lobes arising at a common point, the lobes often being stalked and the lateral lobes sometimes divided into smaller lobes
  2. zoology having or resembling a foota pedate appendage
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Derived Formspedately, adverb

Word Origin for pedate

C18: from Latin pedātus equipped with feet, from pēs foot
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