from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having fimbriae; fringed, as the edge of a petal or the opening of a duct.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To finish or decorate with a border of any kind, as a fringe, a hem, or a narrow stripe of different color from the rest of the surface.
  • In zoology and botany, fringed; bordered with hairs or with filiform processes or laciniations. Also fimbriated.
  • In heraldry, same as fimbriated, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To hem; to fringe.
  • adjective Having the edge or extremity bordered by filiform processes thicker than hairs; fringed

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective botany fringed, e.g. where the ends of a petal are split into two or more divisions.
  • verb To hem; to fringe.

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

  • adjective having a fringe of slender processes


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

[Latin fimbriātus, from fimbriae, fringe.]


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  • A fine example of fimbriate flower petals is found in the visuals for the snake cucumber entry, which see.

    January 3, 2012