• (adjective) (British, America) IPA: /ˈmæl.i.ɪt/, /ˈmæl.i.eɪt/
  • (verb) (British, America) IPA: /ˈmæl.i.eɪt/


  1. (zoology) Possessing or resembling a malleus, or another structure shaped like a hammer.
    • 2009, James H. Thorp & Alan P. Covich (eds.), Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, 3rd ed., page 181
      Malleate trophi are present in such common rotifers as Brachionus, Keratella, and Lecane.
  2. (malacology, of a shell) Having a surface with shallow round indentations, resembling copper that has been hammered.
    • 1919, Henry Augustus Pilsbry, "A Review of the Land Mollusks of the Belgian Congo", Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 40: 313
      The spire has stronger rib-striæ than C. bequaerti; last whorl finely and closely malleate, with several weak spiral threads.

malleate (malleates, present participle malleating; past and past participle malleated)

  1. (rare) To beat into shape with a hammer.
    • 1878, James Milleson, The Embryonic System of Nature, page 12
      Man is a mechanic, and works beautiful forms out of natural organisms. He cuts, bores, malleates, melts, casts in matrices, and spins, various articles.
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