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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arranged in folds like those of a fan; pleated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Folded multiple times lengthwise like a fan, usually lending stiffness to a flat structure such as a leaf; corrugated; pleated.
  • v. To fold or pleat (usually used in passive).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Plaited; folded like a fan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, folded like a fan; plaited: as, a plicate leaf.
  • In zoology and anatomy, plaited, plexed, or folded; formed into a plication.
  • In entomology, having parallel raised lines which are sharply cut on one side, but on the other descend gradually to the next line, as a surface; plaited or folded. Also plicative, plicated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fold into pleats,

Etymologies

Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin plicātus, perfect passive participle of plicō ("I fold"). (Wiktionary)

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