One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of sepals or other parts) having adjacent edges abutting rather than overlapping.Compare with imbricate
- ‘The perianth is commonly uniseriate, consisting of 3-5 valvate, basally connate sepals, but sometimes an equal number of petals are also present.’
- ‘The flowers display valvate, distinct, or connate sepals and petals.’
- ‘Terminal buds bear imbricate, scaly buds except in the bitternut hickory which has valvate or foliate buds.’
- ‘If buds are present, it is easy to distinguish the valvate, bright yellow buds of Carya cordiformis from the other Carya species, which have ovate buds with overlapping brown scales.’
- ‘The petals have very brief valvate apices.’
Early 19th century: from Latin valvatus ‘having folding doors’, from valva ‘valve’.
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