Definition of cordate in English:

cordate

adjective

Botany Zoology
  • Heart-shaped:

    ‘their leaves are often triangular, sometimes cordate or sagittate at the base’
    • ‘Its leaves are small, thin, slightly hairy, alternate, cordate and two to four centimetres long.’
    • ‘The fruits were cordate at the base instead of truncated as is typical of H. verticillata.’
    • ‘A typical, mature Osmunda cinnamomea gametophyte was cordate and without trichomes.’
    • ‘Ventral muscle field strongly impressed, elevated, cordate, with high ridges laterally and anteriorly.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘wise, prudent’): from Latin cordatus wise (in modern Latin heart-shaped), from cor, cord- heart.

Pronunciation:

cordate

/ˈkɔːdeɪt/