1829, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from New Latin valvātus, going back to Latin, "having folding doors," from valvae "folding door, leaves of such a door" + -ātus -ate entry 3 — more at valve
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“Valvate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valvate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.
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