Definition of cordate in US English:

cordate

adjective

Zoology Botany
  • Heart-shaped.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cordate

/ˈkôrdāt//ˈkɔrdeɪt/