adjective val·vate \ˈval-ˌvāt\

Definition of valvate

  1. :  having valves or parts resembling a valve; especially :  meeting at the edges without overlapping <valvate sepals>

Origin and Etymology of valvate

[borrowed from New Latin valvātus, going back to Latin, “having folding doors,” from valvae “folding door, leaves of such a door” + -ātus 3-ate — more at valve

First Known Use: 1829

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