[adjective sin-yoo-it, -eyt, verb sin-yoo-eyt]
- bent in and out; winding; sinuous.
- Botany. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf.
- to curve or wind in and out; creep in a winding path: a snake sinuating along the ground.
Origin of sinuate
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Examples from the Web for sinuate
Sinuate, with margin alternately bowed inwards and outwards, 55.The Elements of Botany
The bill, which is short, hooked and with sinuate cutting edges, is used for tearing the flesh of its victim into shreds.
Gills typically free, often remote, not sinuate or decurrent.
Gills adnate or sinuate; spores brownish purple, sometimes intense purple, almost black.
In one species at least (C. laccata, by some placed in the genus Laccaria) the gills are often strongly notched or sinuate.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.
George Francis Atkinson
- Also: sinuous (of leaves) having a strongly waved margin
- another word for sinuous
C17: from Latin sinuātus curved; see sinus, -ate 1
Word Origin and History for sinuate
1680s, from Latin sinuatus, past participle of sinuare (see insinuate).
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