operculate

operculate

[oh-pur-kyuh-lit, -leyt]
adjective
having an operculum.
Also, operculated.


Origin:
1765–75; < Latin opercul(um) cover (see operculum) + -ate1

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operculum (əʊˈpɜːkjʊləm)
 
n , pl -la, -lums
1.  zoology
 a.  the hard bony flap covering the gill slits in fishes
 b.  the bony plate in certain gastropods covering the opening of the shell when the body is withdrawn
2.  botany the covering of the spore-bearing capsule of a moss
3.  biology any other covering or lid in various organisms
 
[C18: via New Latin from Latin: lid, from operīre to cover]
 
o'percular
 
adj
 
operculate
 
adj

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