val·​vate ˈval-ˌvāt How to pronounce valvate (audio)
: having valves or parts resembling a valve
especially : meeting at the edges without overlapping
valvate sepals

Word History


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

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valvate was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Valvate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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