[adjective too-byuh-lit, -leyt, tyoo-; verb too-byuh-leyt, tyoo-]
verb (used with object), tu·bu·lat·ed, tu·bu·lat·ing.
  1. to form into or furnish with a tube.

Origin of tubulate

1745–55; < Latin tubulātus; see tubule, -ate1
Related formstu·bu·la·tion, nountu·bu·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples of 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)
  1. to form or shape into a tube
  2. to fit or furnish with a tube
adjective (ˈtjuːbjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. a less common word for tubular
Derived Formstubulation, nountubulator, noun

Word Origin for tubulate

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