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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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"
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v. doblar, plegar.
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