Variant of quadrate
- square or nearly square; rectangular
- Zool. designating a bone or cartilage of the skull in birds, bony fishes, amphibians, and reptiles, to which the lower jaw is joined
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin quadratus, past participle of quadrare, to make square from quadrus, a square from quattuor, four
- a square or rectangle
- a square or rectangular space, thing, etc.
- Zool. the quadrate bone
Origin: ME < L quadratum < quadratus
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