SYN: patent. [L. patulus, fr. pateo, to lie open]

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pat·u·lous 'pach-ə-ləs adj spread widely apart: wide open or distended <a \patulous eustachian tube>
pat·u·lous·ness n

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pat·u·lous (patґu-ləs) [L. patulus] spreading widely apart; open; distended.

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  • Patulous — Pat u*lous, a. [L. patulus, fr. patere to be open, extend.] Open; expanded; slightly spreading; having the parts loose or dispersed; as, a patulous calyx; a patulous cluster of flowers. [1913 Webster] The eyes are large and patulous. Sir J. Hill …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patulous — index open (unclosed) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patulous — [pa′tyo͞o ləs, pach′ələs] adj. [L patulus < patere, to stretch out: see FATHOM] Bot. standing open, or spreading patulously adv. patulousness n …   English World dictionary

  • patulous — adjective Etymology: Latin patulus, from patēre to be open more at fathom Date: 1616 spreading widely from a center < a tree with patulous branches > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • patulous — adjective open; spread; exposed The crowd is looking patulous today, vulnerable to the weather and covering a wide area …   Wiktionary

  • patulous — adj. [L. patulus, standing open] Spreading; expanded; distended; having a wide aperture …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • patulous — patulously, adv. patulousness, n. /pach euh leuhs/, adj. 1. open; gaping; expanded. 2. Bot. a. spreading, as a tree or its boughs. b. spreading slightly, as a calyx. c. bearing the flowers loose or dispersed, as a peduncle. [1610 20; < L patulus… …   Universalium

  • patulous — pætjÉ™lÉ™s adj. open, not closed; spread, expanded …   English contemporary dictionary

  • patulous — [ patjʊləs] adjective literary spreading wide, like the branches of a tree. Origin C17: from L. patulus (from patere be or lie open ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • patulous — pat·u·lous …   English syllables