[ val-veyt ]

  1. furnished with or opening by a valve or valves.

  2. serving as or resembling a valve.

  1. Botany.

    • opening by valves, as certain capsules and anthers.

    • meeting without overlapping, as the parts of certain buds.

    • composed of or characterized by such parts.

Origin of valvate

First recorded in 1820–30, valvate is from the Latin word valvātus with folding doors. See valve, -ate1

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How to use valvate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for valvate


/ (ˈvælveɪt) /

  1. furnished with a valve or valves

  2. functioning as or resembling a valve

  1. botany

    • having or taking place by means of valves: valvate dehiscence

    • (of petals or sepals in the bud) having the margins touching but not overlapping

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