Operculate O*per"cu*late, Operculated O*per"cu*la`ted, a. [L. operculatus, p. p. of operculare to furnish with a lid, fr. operculum lid.] 1. (Bot.) Closed by a lid or cover, as the capsules of the mosses. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Having an operculum, or an apparatus for protecting the gills; -- said of shells and of fishes. [1913 Webster]

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  • operculate — [ō pʉr′kyo͞olit, ō pʉr′kyəlit, ō pʉr′kyo͞olāt΄, ō pʉr′kyəlāt΄] adj. [L operculatus] having an operculum: also operculated …   English World dictionary

  • operculate — also operculated adjective Date: circa 1775 having an operculum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • operculate — adj. [L. operculum, lid] Having a lid or operculum …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • operculate — /oh perr kyeuh lit, layt /, adj. having an operculum. Also, operculated. [1765 75; < L opercul(um) cover (see OPERCULUM) + ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • operculate — 1. adjective Having an operculum Syn: operculated 2. noun Any gastropod mollusc that has as operculum …   Wiktionary

  • operculate — oper·cu·late (o purґku lāt) having an operculum; said of an ascus …   Medical dictionary

  • operculate — adj. having a lid like structure (Anatomy, Botany, and Zoology)əʊ pÉœrkjÉ™lÉ™t /É’ pɜːkjÊŠl …   English contemporary dictionary

  • operculate — oper·cu·late …   English syllables

  • operculate — o•per•cu•late [[t]oʊˈpɜr kyə lɪt, ˌleɪt[/t]] also o•per′cu•lat ed adj. zool. having an operculum • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • operculate — /ɒˈpɜkjulət/ (say o perkyoohluht), / leɪt/ (say layt) adjective having an operculum. Also, operculated. {opercul(um) + ate1} …   Australian English dictionary

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