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Having a heart-shaped outline: a cordate leaf.

[New Latin cordātus, from Latin cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

cor′date′ly adv.


(Biology) heart-shaped: a cordate leaf; cordate shells.
ˈcordately adv


(ˈkɔr deɪt)

1. heart-shaped.
2. (of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.
[1645–55; < New Latin cordātus heart-shaped = Latin cord-, s. of cor heart + -ātus -ate1]
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Adj.1.cordate - (of a leaf) shaped like a heart
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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Eventually, symmetrical (or nearly) cordate gametophytes were formed (Figs.
On older trees, the leaves are generally 5-15 cm long, unlobed, cordate at the base and rounded to acuminate at the tip, and serrated on the margins.
cordifolia have orbicular leaves, rounded or cordate at base, often bullate, usually green; inflorescence spherical at first, usually becoming umbraculiform with spreading branches; flowers mostly spreading or erect, broadly campanulate; petals broadly ovate to orbicular, abruptly contracted into the claw (Yeo, 1966).
Subcordate to subcircular, slightly longer than wide, 39 [micro]m long, 32 [micro]m wide; operculum cordate, almost covering the orifice and obscuring the lingula, 26 [micro]m long, 22 [micro]m wide.
The leaves are generally characterized by acuminate apices (although they can be straight, convex, or retuse) and convex to rounded to slightly cordate bases.
The ventral valve has small triangular teeth and thin laterally divergent dental plates, which merge with the laterally arched or weakly wavy septa bordering the oval to cordate muscle field.
Date pits, Japanese-honeysuckle (Lonicera Japanica), Houttuynia cordate thunb (H.
A cardoon and macleaya cordate add structure and height while the serene atmosphere is reflected in a lily pond hopping with frogs.
The botanical species that we studied include: lima bean seedlings; the heavy cordate vine Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe); Swedish ivy; Mimosa pudica L.
Sternum cordate, longer than wide, shortly to strongly pointed between coxae 4 (Figs.