- Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
- Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.
- to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.
Origin of serrate
Examples from the Web for serrate
Historical Examples of serrate
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.
The leaves are opposite, elliptical, serrate, with short stalks.
Its leaves are large, flat, oval or oblong, with serrate edges.
- (of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
- having a notched or sawlike edge
- (tr) to make serrate
Word Origin for serrate
"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.
- Having or forming a row of small, sharp, projections resembling the teeth of a saw.
- Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections.