from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany, having, or opening by, three valves.

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

  • adjective Consisting of, or having, three valves; opening with three valves.


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  • The big three-valved balloons of the bladdernut can sail either in the air, on the water, or over the frozen snow.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell 1905

  • "Stamens six, hypogenous! anthers introrse! capsule cartilaginous, loculicidally three-valved, scurfy-leaved epiphytic!"

    "Some Say" Neighbours in Cyrus Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards 1896


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