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serrulate

[ser-yuh-lit, -leyt, ser-uh-]
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adjective
  1. finely or minutely serrate, as a leaf.
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Often ser·ru·lat·ed [ser-yuh-ley-tid, ser-uh-] /sɛr yəˌleɪ tɪd, ˈsɛr ə-/.

Origin of serrulate

1785–95; < New Latin serrulātus, equivalent to Latin serrul(a) small saw (see serrate, -ule1) + -ātus -ate1
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Related Words

raggednotchedserratesaw-tootheddenticulatesawtoothserriedserriformserrulatetoothed

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Historical Examples

  • In some other plants the edges are serrulate, crenulate, etc.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

    George Francis Atkinson

  • Besides, the sterile fronds of the latter have serrulate segments.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • Broadest at the base, with lanceolate, serrulate divisions united by a broad wing.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • Palea distinctly toothed at the apex, making it almost three-lobed and very characteristic; with awn-point; five ribs, serrulate.

    Grasses

    H. Marshall Ward

  • The glumes may remain attached: the outer has a serrulate keel, and often a violet hue.

    Grasses

    H. Marshall Ward


British Dictionary definitions for serrulate

serrulate

serrulated

adjective
  1. (esp of leaves) minutely serrate
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin serrulātus, from Latin serrula diminutive of serra a saw
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