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patulous

[pach-uh-luh s] /ˈpætʃ ə ləs/
adjective
1.
open; gaping; expanded.
2.
Botany.
  1. spreading, as a tree or its boughs.
  2. spreading slightly, as a calyx.
  3. bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin patulus standing wide-open. See patent, -ulous
Related forms
patulously, adverb
patulousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for patulous

patulous

/ˈpætjʊləs/
adjective
1.
(botany) spreading widely or expanded: patulous branches
2.
(rare) gaping
Derived Forms
patulously, adverb
patulousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin patulus open, from patēre to lie open
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patulous in Medicine

patulous pat·u·lous (pāch'ə-ləs)
adj.
Freely open or exposed; patent.

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