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[adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt]
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  1. Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
  2. Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.
  3. serrated.
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verb (used with object), ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.
  1. to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.
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Origin of serrate

1590–1600; < Latin serrātus, equivalent to serr(a) saw + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·ser·rate, adjectiveun·ser·rate, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The cone-scales are very small, but the bracts are large, thick, and serrate.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • The serrate pines on my horizon are not the pickets of a great pen.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • If not entire it may be toothed, serrate (sawlike), crenate or wavy.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • The leaves are opposite, elliptical, serrate, with short stalks.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • Its leaves are large, flat, oval or oblong, with serrate edges.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for serrate


adjective (ˈsɛrɪt, -eɪt)
  1. (of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
  2. having a notched or sawlike edge
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verb (səˈreɪt)
  1. (tr) to make serrate
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw
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Word Origin and History for serrate


"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

serrate in Medicine


  1. Having or forming a row of small, sharp, projections resembling the teeth of a saw.
  2. Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections.
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