Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Open or expanded
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."
Popularity Over Time
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.