patulous

patulous

[pach-uh-luhs]
adjective
1.
open; gaping; expanded.
2.
Botany.
a.
spreading, as a tree or its boughs.
b.
spreading slightly, as a calyx.
c.
bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin patulus standing wide-open. See patent, -ulous

patulously, adverb
patulousness, noun
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patulous (ˈpætjʊləs)
 
adj
1.  botany spreading widely or expanded: patulous branches
2.  rare gaping
 
[C17: from Latin patulus open, from patēre to lie open]
 
'patulously
 
adv
 
'patulousness
 
n

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

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