plicate

adjective
pli·​cate | \ ˈplī-ˌkāt How to pronounce plicate (audio) \

Definition of plicate

1 : folded lengthwise like a fan a plicate leaf
2 : having the surface thrown up into or marked with parallel ridges plicate wing cases

First Known Use of plicate

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plicate

Latin plicatus, past participle of plicare

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about plicate

Statistics for plicate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for plicate

The first known use of plicate was circa 1760

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for plicate

plicate

transitive verb
pli·​cate | \ ˈplī-ˌkāt How to pronounce plicate (audio) \
plicated; plicating

Medical Definition of plicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to perform plication on the vein graft was then plicated by means of…sutures placed about 2 mm. apartJournal of the American Medical Association

plicate

adjective
variants: or plicated \ -​ˌkāt-​əd How to pronounce plicated (audio) \

Medical Definition of plicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being folded, tucked, or ridged especially like a fan

More from Merriam-Webster on plicate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with plicate

Comments on plicate

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

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!