undulant

adjective

un·​du·​lant ˈən-jə-lənt How to pronounce undulant (audio)
ˈən-dyə-,
ˈən-də-
1
: rising and falling in waves
2
: having a wavy form, outline, or surface
played her approach shot onto the undulant green

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When Should You Use undulant?

Unda, Latin for "wave," is the root of undulant, as well as words such as abound, inundate, redound, surround, and the verb undulate, which means "to form or move in waves." The meaning of undulant is now broad enough that it could describe things as disparate as a snake’s movement and a fever that waxes and wanes.

Examples of undulant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Across its emerald landscape there is an undulant sea of simple white religious symbols that mark the final resting place of those who served their country with honor and gallantry and an impressive blend of quiet patriotism. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 The sobrasada sits on a slab of black terrazzo perched on a pedestal, a straight-sided block of scoopable spiced sausage the color of red ochre whose surface is an undulant landscape. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 The sprawling grounds of Houghton Hall, an English stately home dating back to the 18th century, are currently populated by the fluid, undulant sculptures of celebrated artist Tony Cragg. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 2 June 2021 It is suspended, high in the air, above a line of low, undulant blue hills. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Behind her, an undulant cascade of a semi-transparent textile striped in dark green is nearly abstract. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 24 June 2021 The pool deck looks out on the undulant topography of Beverly Hills, with the steeple tops of pine trees etched in the distance. Barrett Swanson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Michael Maloney reads this extraordinary book in gentle undulant tones for the most part, picking up speed and urgency as danger threatens, above all the otter hunt. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Michael Maloney reads this extraordinary book in gentle undulant tones for the most part, picking up speed and urgency as danger threatens. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undulant was in 1822

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“Undulant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undulant. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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undulant

adjective
un·​du·​lant ˈən-jə-lənt How to pronounce undulant (audio)
ˈən-d(y)ə-
: rising and falling in waves

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