Origin of circumvallate
Latin circumvallatus, past participle of circumvallare to surround with siege works, from circum- + vallum rampart — more at wall
First Known Use: circa 1798
Definition of circumvallate
: being any of approximately 12 large papillae near the back of the tongue each of which is surrounded with a marginal sulcus and supplied with taste buds responsive especially to bitter flavors
First Known Use of circumvallate
Medical Definition of circumvallate
: enclosed by a ridge of tissue
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