acervate

adjective acer·vate \əˈsərvə̇t, ˈasərˌvāt\

Definition of acervate

  1. :  growing in heaps or closely compacted clusters acervate fungal sporophores

acervately

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of acervate

Latin acervatus, past participle of acervare to heap up, from acervus heap


First Known Use: 1846


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