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  1. having long, narrow grooves or channels, as plant stems, or being furrowed or cleft, as hoofs.
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Sometimes sul·cat·ed.

Origin of sulcate

First recorded in 1750–60, sulcate is from the Latin word sulcātus (past participle of sulcāre to plow). See sulcus, -ate1
Related formssul·ca·tion, nounmul·ti·sul·cate, adjectivemul·ti·sul·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sulcate


  1. biology marked with longitudinal parallel groovessulcate stems
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Derived Formssulcation, noun

Word Origin

C18: via Latin sulcātus from sulcāre to plough, from sulcus a furrow
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sulcate in Medicine


  1. Having narrow, deep grooves.
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