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 (plī′kāt′) also pli·cat·ed (-kā′tĭd)
Arranged in folds like those of a fan; pleated.

[Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

pli′cate′ly adv.
pli′cate′ness n.


(ˈplaɪkeɪt) or


(Geological Science) having or arranged in parallel folds or ridges; pleated: a plicate leaf; plicate rock strata.
[C18: from Latin plicātus folded, from plicāre to fold]
ˈplicately adv
ˈplicateness n


(ˈplaɪ keɪt, -kɪt)

also pli′cat•ed,

folded like a fan; pleated.
[1690–1700; < Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre to fold; see -ate1]
pli′cate•ly, adv.
pli′cate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.plicate - fold into pleats, "Pleat the cloth"
fold, fold up, turn up - bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"


v. doblar, plegar.
References in periodicals archive ?
Individual beech leaves, for example, grow in a plicate pattern--folded into parallel pleats like a fan.
China admonished the United States on Monday for sending its ambassador in India to a contested stretch of land on the IndiaA[degrees]China border, warning that a third party's meddling would only comA[degrees] plicate the dispute between Beijing and New Delhi.
He stated that immediate surgery was needed to plicate (fold over) the diaphragm and draw it downward (Langer, Filler, Coles, & Edmonds, 1988).
Basal leaves at anthesis 2-6, blades plicate, linear-ensiform, 14-26 x 0.
But those who know of Charlotte and Kirsty's incredible parallel lives aren't surprised at the plicate due dates.
Plicate circulares are circumferentially oriented submucosal folds present along most of the length of the small intestine.
This will plicate together the anterior and posterior pubocervical fascia layers developed earlier, creating a second layer, before closing the fascial ring at the vaginal apex.
Colonies from the different plicate plates for each group (gentamicin-treated and control) were processed separately.
The ones who complicate the game are the managers, we com plicate things too much sometimes, we think too much and try to do too many things.
Eucharis sanderi is characterized by its strongly plicate leaves, large funnelform-campanulate flowers, large ovaries and capsules, high number of seeds per capsule, reduced staminal cup, and small number of flowers (usually only two per inflorescence, sometimes three or four) (MEEROW, 1989; SILVERSTONE-SOPKIN, 2011).
In his brief career, the 28-year-old London-based designer has been influenced by a few uncommon sources: His Coracle chair for De La Espada draws on automotive steering-wheel textures; his watch collection for Nava is inspired by the plicate pleats found in paper fans.
Whether you want a shorter but stylish prom gown or a plicate bow long dress, you can find a color and design in the new range to suit almost any prom or formal occasion.