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serrate

[ adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt ]
/ adjective ˈsɛr eɪt, -ɪt; verb ˈsɛr eɪt, səˈreɪt /
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adjective
Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.
verb (used with object), ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM serrate

sub·ser·rate, adjectiveun·ser·rate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for serrate

serrate

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

Word Origin for serrate

C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw
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