cren·​u·​lat·​ed ˈkren-yə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce crenulated (audio)
variants or crenulate
: having an irregularly wavy or serrate outline
a crenulated shoreline
crenulation noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Winds also lift over and through crenulated ridgelines and careen downhill, accelerating with gravity on the lee sides of mountains, which is the side facing the ocean and densely populated coastal Southern California. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Desert mallow is a favorite evergreen shrublet with fuzzy, silvery, crenulated leaves and cupped flowers in shades of brilliant orange to watermelon red. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2022 An ancient castle, its crenulated tower looking out onto woods shrouded in mist. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, 27 Apr. 2017

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Word History


crenulate "serrate" (borrowed from New Latin crenulātus, from presumed *crenula, diminutive of *crena "notch," back-formed from crenātus crenate) + -ed entry 1

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crenulated was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Crenulated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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