- having a valve or valves
- meeting without overlapping, as the petals of some flower buds
- opening by valves, as a pea pod
Origin of valvateClassical Latin valvatus, having folding doors from valva: see valve
- Having valvelike parts.
- Botany a. Meeting at the edges without overlapping, as some petals do.b. Opening by valves, as the capsule of a lily or iris.
(comparative more valvate, superlative most valvate)
- Having valves (that open and close)