Definition of clavate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkleɪveɪt/


Botany & Zoology
Club-shaped; thicker at the apex than the base.
Example sentences
  • It is very similar in form in that the labellar trichomes are unicellular and clavate with ‘stalks’ of varying lengths.
  • Included in both these genera were short, rectilinear borings with clavate ends and elongate, curvilinear borings with or without swollen terminations.
  • Mature thalli of both taxa have structures with a clavate form located along the upper part of the main axis, and in both taxa these are preceded by multiple verticils of long, branched, hairlike sterile laterals.


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin clavatus, from Latin clava 'club'.

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