Definition of cordate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdeɪt/


Botany & Zoology
Heart-shaped: their leaves are often triangular, sometimes cordate or sagittate at the base
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  • A typical, mature Osmunda cinnamomea gametophyte was cordate and without trichomes.
  • Ventral muscle field strongly impressed, elevated, cordate, with high ridges laterally and anteriorly.
  • The fruits were cordate at the base instead of truncated as is typical of H. verticillata.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'wise, prudent'): from Latin cordatus 'wise' (in modern Latin 'heart-shaped'), from cor, cord- 'heart'.

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