clavate

adjective
cla·​vate | \ ˈklā-ˌvāt How to pronounce clavate (audio) \

Definition of clavate

: thickened near the distal end : club-shaped

First Known Use of clavate

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clavate

New Latin clavatus, from Latin clava club, from clavus nail, knot in wood

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about clavate

Time Traveler for clavate

Time Traveler

The first known use of clavate was in 1813

See more words from the same year

Statistics for clavate

Cite this Entry

“Clavate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clavate. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for clavate

clavate

adjective
cla·​vate | \ ˈklā-ˌvāt How to pronounce clavate (audio) \

Medical Definition of clavate

: gradually thickening toward the distal end

More from Merriam-Webster on clavate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with clavate

Comments on clavate

What made you want to look up clavate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!