[ adjective too-byuh-lit, -leyt, tyoo-; verb too-byuh-leyt, tyoo- ]
/ adjective ˈtu byə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, ˈtyu-; verb ˈtu byəˌleɪt, ˈtyu- /


Also tu·bu·lat·ed. shaped like or having a tube.

verb (used with object), tu·bu·lat·ed, tu·bu·lat·ing.

to form into or furnish with a tube.

Origin of tubulate

1745–55; < Latin tubulātus; see tubule, -ate1


tu·bu·la·tion, nountu·bu·la·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for tubulate

  • Thus, for example, the tubulate corolla supposes the pre-existence of unguiculate petals.

    Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for tubulate


verb (ˈtjuːbjʊˌleɪt) (tr)

to form or shape into a tube
to fit or furnish with a tube

adjective (ˈtjuːbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

a less common word for tubular

Derived forms of tubulate

tubulation, nountubulator, noun

Word Origin for tubulate

C18: from Latin tubulātus, from tubulus a little pipe, from tubus pipe
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