[ adjective plahy-keyt, -kit; verb plahy-keyt ]
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  1. Also pli·cat·ed. folded like a fan; pleated.

verb (used with object),pli·cat·ed, pli·cat·ing.
  1. Surgery. to perform plication on.

Origin of plicate

1690–1700; <Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre to fold, ply2; see -ate1

Other words from plicate

  • pli·cate·ly, adverb
  • pli·cate·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for plicate



/ (ˈplaɪkeɪt) /

  1. having or arranged in parallel folds or ridges; pleated: a plicate leaf; plicate rock strata

Origin of plicate

C18: from Latin plicātus folded, from plicāre to fold

Derived forms of plicate

  • plicately, adverb
  • plicateness, noun

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