cre·​nate ˈkrē-ˌnāt How to pronounce crenate (audio)
variants or crenated
: having the margin or surface cut into rounded scallops
a crenate leaf

Word History


borrowed from New Latin crenātus, probably Latinization of Middle French crené, past participle of crener "to mark with a notch," derivative of cren, cran "notch" — more at crenellated

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crenate was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Crenate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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