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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

cordate

\KAWR-deyt\ , adjective;
1.
Heart-shaped.
2.
(Of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.
Quotes:
Despite their strong and interlinked root structure, the actual flowers were of a lowly order, though, canted towards the sun, they attracted the cordate butterflies.
-- Brian Wilson Aldiss, Hothouse
Without any wind blowing, the sheer weight of a raindrop, shining in parasitic luxury on a cordate leaf, caused its tip to dip, and what looked like a globule of quicksilver performed a sudden glissando down the center vein, and then, having shed its bright load, the relieved leaf unbent.
-- Vladimir Nabakov, Speak, Memory
Origin:
Related to core, cordate comes from the Latin word for heart, cor, and the suffix -ate which forms an adjective from a noun.
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