Definition of plicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪkət/
Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɪkeɪt/


Biology & Geology
Folded, crumpled, or corrugated.
Example sentences
  • However, like palms and some members of the Iridales, they have plicate leaves, and these leaf forms are among the earliest known fossil monocots.
  • During the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods, many shells became coarsely plicate.
  • The lenticular, keeled conch form and evolute, coarsely plicate juvenile whorls of Eoprodromites were anticipated by the Pseudarietitinae.



Pronunciation: /plɪˈkeɪtɪd/
Example sentences
  • Some of these coarsely plicated specimens have right central and anterior plicae bifurcated into two minor folds and have narrow secondary plicae in the interspaces of the left valves.
  • A more detailed examination of the gastroesophageal junction often demonstrates the plicated area of the stomach.
  • From there, plication was continued toward the mid-axillary line, resulting in a large part of the plicated tissue being located in the central tendon.


Mid 18th century: from Latin plicatus 'folded', past participle of plicare.

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Line breaks: pli|cate

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