circumvallate

verb
cir·​cum·​val·​late | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈva-ˌlāt How to pronounce circumvallate (audio) \
circumvallated; circumvallating

Definition of circumvallate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to surround by or as if by a rampart

circumvallate

adjective
cir·​cum·​val·​late | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈva-ˌlāt How to pronounce circumvallate (audio) , -ˈva-lət \

Definition of circumvallate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from circumvallate

Verb

circumvallation \ ˌsər-​kəm-​ˌva-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce circumvallate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of circumvallate

Verb

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumvallate

Verb

Latin circumvallatus, past participle of circumvallare to surround with siege works, from circum- + vallum rampart — more at wall

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The first known use of circumvallate was circa 1798

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“Circumvallate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumvallate. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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circumvallate

adjective
cir·​cum·​val·​late | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈval-ˌāt, -ˈval-ət How to pronounce circumvallate (audio) \

Medical Definition of circumvallate

: enclosed by a ridge of tissue

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