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Monday, December 19, 2016

Definitions for cordate

  1. heart-shaped: a cordate shell.
  2. (of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.

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Citations for cordate
He also wrote at 15, his first poem after seeing a raindrop cause a cordate leaf to flutter. Alden Whitman, "Vladimir Nabokov, Author of 'Lolita' and 'Ada,' Is Dead," New York Times, July 5, 1977
The cordate leaves were large and broad, and ended in a single point. Yann Martel, Life of Pi, 2001
Origin of cordate
Cordate comes directly from the Latin adjective cordātus, a derivative of cord-, the stem of the noun cor, meaning “heart, soul, feeling.” In Classical Latin the word meant “wise, prudent.” The modern sense “heart-shaped” is due to the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Carl Linné, 1707–78), who wrote many of his works in Latin, the international scientific language of the time, and employed cordātus in a new, botanical sense. The word entered English in its original sense “wise, prudent” in the mid-1600s; its botanical sense, in the mid-1700s.
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