Definition of costate in English:

costate

Line breaks: cos|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒsteɪt
 
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adjective

Botany & Zoology
  • Ribbed; possessing a costa.
    More example sentences
    • Lateral slopes are weakly costate; the costae are diminished and almost invisible.
    • All are radially costate, with costae varying from simple and evenly distributed to variously branched and unevenly spaced.
    • Early genera were almost circular to elongate-oval, with smooth or finely costate shells.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin costatus, from costa 'rib'.

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