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Definition of "labiate" [la•bi•ate]

  • Having lips or liplike parts. (adjective)
  • Botany Having or characterizing flowers with the corolla divided into two liplike parts, as in the snapdragon. (adjective)
  • Botany Of or belonging to the mint family Labiatae. (adjective)
  • A plant belonging to the Labiatae. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "labiate" in a sentence
  • "Whereas the flowers of the labiate family are treated by the distillers as favorites are by the gods, and are cut off in their youth, those of the Umbelliferæ are allowed to mature and develop into the oil-yielding fruits."
  • "The honey gathered from the genus erica (termed _heather honey_) and most labiate plants, is wholesome."
  • "Each of the teeth of the calyx is represented by a long stalk, terminated by a single articulated leaflet, the bi-labiate form of the calyx is still recognisable; the two upper petals are united, the three lower separate; the tube of the calyx is not deformed and seems to be formed of the petioles of the sepals united by their stipules."