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Thursday, August 29

Patulous

[pa-CHə-ləs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

Open or expanded

2.

Spreading out from a center, as the branches of a tree

Examples of Patulous in a sentence

"The patulous branches of the mighty oak tree extended 10 feet from its trunk."

"I spread the icing on the cake in a patulous, petal-like design, starting in the center."

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About Patulous

Patulous, radial designs — with branches or lines emanating from a center — are common in both nature and art. For example, the mandala is a spiritual artistic symbol in some Indian religions; its spirals represent the spread of the universe.

Did you Know?

Patulous comes from the Latin patulus, a derivative of patere, meaning "to be open." The shape of a tree appears to open outward from its center.

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