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patchouli a mint plant native to India, having leaves that give off a fragrant brown oil. [2 definitions]
patch pocket a pocket made by sewing a piece of shaped material to the outside of a piece of clothing.
patch test a test for allergic reaction in which the suspected allergen is applied to the skin on a small piece of cloth and the skin is observed for inflammatory reaction.
patchwork a type of needlework in which pieces of cloth or leather are sewn together, often in a pattern, as for quilts. [2 definitions]
patchy made up of, occurring in, or marked by patches. [2 definitions]
pâté a paste or spread made of liver, meat, or the like.
pate the head, or the top of the head.
pâté de foie gras a paste made from the livers of geese, often eaten spread on crackers or the like.
patella the flat roundish bone at the front of the knee joint; kneecap.
patellar reflex the reflective kicking response of the lower leg when the tendon below the patella is tapped sharply.
paten a metal plate, esp. for holding the bread in Christian communion services.
patency the state of being plain, obvious, or patent. [2 definitions]
patent a government grant to an inventor, giving for a specified period the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invented device, process, or the like. [7 definitions]
patentable combined form of patent.
patent ambiguity in law, the uncertainty that exists when the language used in a document can have more than one meaning.
patentee a person or other entity that has been granted a patent.
patent leather leather that is treated in a formerly patented process to achieve a hard, glossy, usu. black finish.
patent medicine a medical preparation that is protected by a trademark and that may be purchased without a prescription.
patent office in the U.S. government, an agency of the Department of Commerce that administers the patent and trademark laws; Patent and Trademark Office.
patentor the issuer of a patent.
patent right an exclusive right conferred by a patent, esp. to manufacture and sell an invention.