multivalve

adjective
mul·​ti·​valve | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈvalv How to pronounce multivalve (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multivalve

: having or involving multiple valves multivalve heart disease specifically, of an automotive engine : having more than two valves in each cylinder Older engines had only two valves per cylinder, so there was plenty of room for a nice, fat spark plug to stick its nose into the cylinder. But the majority of engines today are multivalve. You could have four or five valves cut into the top of each cylinder now, leaving much less room to fit a plug there. — Tom Magliozzi

First Known Use of multivalve

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Multivalve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multivalve. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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