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Webster 1913 Edition


Spatulate

Spat′u-late

,
Adj.
[NL.
spatulatus
.]
(Nat. Hist.)
Shaped like spatula, or like a battledoor, being roundish, with a long, narrow, linear base.
[Also written
spathulate
.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Spatulate

SPAT'ULATE

,
Adj.
[from L. spathula.] In botany, a spatulate leaf is one shaped like a spatula or battledore, being roundish with a long, narrow, linear base; as in cistus incanus.

Definition 2022


spatulate

spatulate

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

spatulate (comparative more spatulate, superlative most spatulate)

  1. Shaped like a spatula; having a rounded, flattened extremity.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 804:
      For a moment he was sunk in thought, coiling (so it seemed) and uncoiling his long spatulate fingers.
  2. (botany, of leaf) Having a broad, flat end and tapering into a narrower base.

Translations

Verb

spatulate (third-person singular simple present spatulates, present participle spatulating, simple past and past participle spatulated)

  1. To treat or mix with a spatula.
  2. To incise the end of a pliable cylindrical structure such that the cut end can be splayed apart and flattened

Related terms


Latin

Adjective

spatulāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of spatulātus