Definition of valvate in English:

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valvate

Pronunciation: /ˈvalveɪt/

adjective

Botany
(Of sepals or other parts) having adjacent edges abutting rather than overlapping. Compare with imbricate.
Example sentences
  • Terminal buds bear imbricate, scaly buds except in the bitternut hickory which has valvate or foliate buds.
  • The flowers display valvate, distinct, or connate sepals and petals.
  • If buds are present, it is easy to distinguish the valvate, bright yellow buds of Carya cordiformis from the other Carya species, which have ovate buds with overlapping brown scales.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin valvatus 'having folding doors', from valva 'valve'.

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