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labiate

Line breaks: la¦bi|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈleɪbɪət
 
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Definition of labiate in English:

noun

Botany
A plant of the mint family (Labiatae), with a distinctive two-lobed flower.
Example sentences
  • In common with other labiates, Basil furnishes an aromatic, volatile oil, and on this account is much employed in France for flavouring soups, especially turtle soup.
  • The flowers appear in racemes arising in whorls on the terminal part of the stems and are labiates, bilaterally symmetrical and purplish in color.
  • All labiates have four nutlets at the base of their flower at maturity.

adjective

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1 Botany Relating to or denoting plants of the mint family.
2 Botany & Zoology Resembling or possessing a lip or labium.

Origin

early 18th century (as an adjective in the sense 'two-lipped', describing a corolla or calyx): from modern Latin labiatus, from labium 'lip'.

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