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serrate

adjective ser·rate \ ˈser-ˌāt , sə-ˈrāt \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of serrate

: notched or toothed on the edge; specifically : having marginal teeth pointing forward or toward the apex
  • a serrate leaf

Origin and Etymology of serrate

Latin serratus, from serra saw

serrate Synonyms

Synonyms
saw-toothed, serrated
Related Words
serried; jagged, ragged; wavy
Near Antonyms
flat, smooth

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serrate

verb ser·rate \ sə-ˈrāt , ˈser-ˌāt \

Definition of serrate

serrated; serrating
transitive verb
: to mark or make with serrations
  • a serrated knife

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Origin and Etymology of serrate

Late Latin serratus, past participle of serrare to saw, from Latin serra



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