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[kawr-deyt] /ˈkɔr deɪt/
a cordate shell.
(of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.
Origin of cordate
1645-55; < New Latin cordātus heart-shaped, equivalent to Latin cord- (stem of cor) heart + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
cordately, adverb
half-cordate, adjective
multicordate, adjective, noun
semicordate, adjective
subcordate, adjective
subcordately, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cordate
  • The ovate to nearly cordate leaves are alternate, simple, darker green above and paler below with small regular teeth.
  • Stamens shorter than the sepals, the cordate anthers about equaling the slender filaments.
  • Leaves are leathery and cordate with arching veins that mimic the leaf outline.
  • The leaf is almost blue green, the shape cordate at base, and the margin slightly toothed toward the apex.
  • The leaf margins are entire, pointed at the tips and rounded to cordate at the bases.
  • The dog violet has bluish-violet flowers and ovate leaves while the other is yellow with round cordate leaves.
  • Primary leaflets: large, medium ovate, with cordate bases.
  • The leaves are opposite, ovate to cordate, and sometimes downy.
British Dictionary definitions for cordate


heart-shaped: a cordate leaf, cordate shells
Derived Forms
cordately, adverb
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cordate in Medicine

cordate cor·date (kôr'dāt')

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cordate in Science
Having a heart-shaped outline. Often used of leaves, such as those of the morning glory or linden.
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